Motorola 360 to arrive in Australia before Christmas

Anyone trying to find out information about the upcoming — and much anticipated — Moto 360 Android Wear smartwatch is usually met with a pretty stony response from Motorola; in fact, they’ve remained so tight-lipped about it, we could be forgiven for thinking they’ve taken up a healthy diet of lemons.

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Everyone wants to know when they’re coming .. even our emeritus editor Buzz Moody wants one yesterday .. and while it seems our friends across the pond will probably get them sooner than us, there’s been no real announcement of when we might be able to get our hands on them locally. Motorola’s product manager Danny Adamopoulos told Good Gear Guide that the Moto 360 will be here, and in stores, before Christmas.

Motorola executives reportedly consider that carriers are the best candidates to sell the Moto 360, on account of their staff’s ability to speak to the products features. There is some logic in this, and regardless, this is the path that Samsung and LG have (largely) taken with their respective Android Wear products so far; they’re sold primarily as companions to smartphones (which is exactly what they are), and so selling them along smartphones makes much sense. Telstra, Optus and Vodafone are all offering varieties of smart watches at the moment, and the LG G Watch is starting to appear in stores as well.

Will we see the Moto 360 as a companion product for an upcoming Motorola smartphone release? There’s obviously some appeal to such an approach; the G Watch arrived in Australia via the Play Store first, but it’s being sold alongside the G3 in stores, so Motorola might go down the same path there.

One thing is for certain though. The Moto 360 will sell quite probably more units than the G Watch or the Samsung Gear Live; it’s a far more appealing unit, wouldn’t look so out of place under the cuff of a business shirt, and it features things that you’ve told us you want — wireless charging, water resistance, all in a beautiful design.

 

Last modified on 8 August 2014 5:01 pm

Chris Rowland :Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag. Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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  • I was *just* poking around looking for more info on this watch :-D

    Soooo looking forward to it.
    Chances are if the Google Play store doesn't sell it I'll be hitting the Grey Market shops to get mine early.

  • Hmmm....This is making me think it might be time to just bite the bullet and order a Samsung one!

  • I've loaded my playstore credit and am ready to pull the trigger. Anytime you're ready Motorola, anytime.

    • Really? That's nuts. It's all play money? Will have to investigate further. Thanks for the heads up.

    • They won't let you use play gift cards bought from the supermarket to buy hardware if that is the credit you have.

      • Crap. That's nuts. I guess I'll be buying a lot of music through PlayStore then. Thanks for the info.

  • I think the popularity of the Moto 360 will really depend on the price.

    Both current watches are $250AU. I don't know how popular it will be past the $350 mark. There is a lot of speculation that it will be around the $400AU mark - that's the cost of a Nexus 5!

    Although it looks nice and has premium materials and all - its still not a luxury "brand" name watch, and does nothing more than the LG and Samsung offerings.

    If it is going to be $400AU (and granted that's a big if), my tipping point is the battery. If it's capable of being EASILY replaceable by a watch repairer, then I will probably get one (because I'm a sucker for smart watches). However, I'm not willing to shell out that sort of money for something that is only going to last the life of the battery!

  • Just as Moto brings out their 2014 product, some 8 months after the rest, the rest will be ready to launch their 2015 revamps with the latest tech ...

    I'm beginning to question if they actuslly have a functional, stable product or just some preprogrammed demo version gimmick and a few pretty pictures.

    Sadly I think Motorola is all hot air and no substance. (Unless you call Marketing demo versions, pretty pictures, and talk - substance).

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