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Moto 360 specs outlined by design team

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The first Moto 360 specs have been outlined in a Google Hangout session with Motorola’s lead designer, Jem Wicks.

In order to achieve the round, “modern timepiece” design, Motorola reportedly went though several rounds of design iterations and experimented with square designs as well.

Thanks to a confirmed 46mm diameter face, you should expect the Moto G to feature a 1.8-inch display. Wicks explained that the device can detect its orientation and flip on-screen content accordingly, meaning you could wear it on either wrist.

Motorola has ensured that the Moto 360 will feature interchangeable wrist straps for personalisation options and the watch itself will be made from “premium” materials. We expect that this will mean a pretty expensive price tag for the Moto 360 come launch in “summer 2014”.

The Moto 360 is also made from custom parts, including the screen and processing chip.

As it is powered by Android Wear, the Moto 360 will support all of its features including custom notifications, voice commands and stacked Google Now cards.

You’ll be able to use swipe gestures to navigate the UI as well as “OK Google” spoken prompts, but you’ll need a smartphone connected to it. Thankfully, the Moto G will be compatible with any Android device running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean or up.

Bizarrely, Motorola hasn’t let on how you’ll charge the Moto 360, but it is expect to be something similar to Qi or inductive charging. It has no external charging points that we can see like a USB port.

Motorola also hasn’t outlined a rough battery life for the Moto 360. However, we’re sure that will be given at a later date along with specific processor and pricing details.

Read more: What is Android Wear? A Guide to Google’s smartwatch OS


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