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May 15, 2014updated 22 Sep 2016 1:21pm

Top 5 features of the Moto 360

Motorola's upcoming smartwatch looks set to rock the wearable tech world.

By Ben Sullivan

Powered by Android Wear, Google’s new Android smartwatch-dedicated operating system, Motorola’s Moto 360, will go head to head with LG’s G Watch for the initial Android Wear smartwatch battle.

Here are five features of the Moto 360 that really make sure it’s going to stand out among its smartwatch competitors.


Always-on screen

The Moto 360 will have an organic LED (OLED) screen. This means the watch face will always be on but not at the expense of massive battery usage. The screen will also be made of sapphire glass, which is stronger and more scratch-proof than Gorilla glass. Apple recently invested heavily into Sapphire glass, and it is expected to feature on the iPhone 6.

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Orientation-free

The Moto 360 can be left or right-handed. That is, the user interface can switch up accordingly with whichever orientation you are most comfortable with.

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Wireless charging

With no buttons or Micro USB ports on the watch, the Moto 360 will be charged wirelessly. Using Qi technology, which is currently available for Google’s Nexus phones.

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Android Wear

With Android Wear, Google’s very own Android operating system for watches, feature likes Google Now will be available on the Moto 360. It’ll take all the useful information you give it, like shopping, eating, buying and travel habits, and spit them back out at you in a scarily useful way.

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Design

With a fluid, smartwatch-unconventional round face, the Moto 360 certainly looks beautiful.

In a Google Hangout session, Jim Wicks of Motorola said: "When you go back to modern civilization, time was always represented with a circle, whether it was a sundial way back when, the pocket watch 500 years ago or the wrist watch 100 years ago."

The Moto 360 will also be IP67 dust and waterproof, so it’s ready for everyday use in rain or shine.

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