For those of you who do not know, the Moto 360 is a smart watch designed by Motorola that features the first ever smart watch with an actual resemblance to a watch with out missing the functionality of a smart watch. In essence, the Moto 360 is the solution for all; there is no watch that with this great of a design that comes anywhere close to the functionality of the Moto 360.
To be honest, I’ll bite my tongue, shove my pride aside and say that the Moto 360 looks like a device that only Apple would be able to clock up. The only difference is that we believe that if Apple were to make a device such as this (and they will), it would pale in comparison when it comes to functionality since Apple focuses on quality rather than features. The Moto 360, alongside all current Google Wear capable devices come with so much functionality, it’ll significantly reduce how often you will want to use your smartphone, as is its intended purpose.
The only large scale problem that consumers will face when considering the Moto 360 is compatibility issues. The Moto 360 is only compatible with phones running Android. We say this is an issue belong only to the Moto 360 at this time because the other two options, the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live, aren’t as aesthetic as the Moto 360 and do not feature something consumers have really longed for in a smart watch, a circular screen. So now the question must be asked:
Will the Moto 360 Make iPhone Users Switch to Android?
For those of you out there who own both an iPhone and an Android, it may be time to pick your allegiance unless you have insane amounts of money required to maintain the growth of these two ecosystems. For example, Apple is slated to come out with their own watch later this year, but unless you buy both an Android Wear watch and an iWatch, you will end up using the operating system which belongs to the watch you bought.
It gets worst for Apple users. What ever Apple doesn’t release a wearable, and if they do, what id it’s only geared to those who are overly concerned about health and doesn’t offer itself up as a functional companion that can be used in real life scenarios that compares to how we typically use our phones? Because that’s what Android Wear does. That’s what the Moto 360 will do. The Moto 360, not even out yet is already considered to be the holy grail of smartphone watches because of it’s design and functionality as shown off at Google I/0 2014.
I myself own a 4th generation iPod nano that fits into a watch kit I bought from the Kick Starter by Lunatik. People come up to me all the time to question me about it. Often times, I’m asked if it’s one of those Samsung watches as I explain to them that’s it’s just an Apple product in a case; still they love it! So imagine how much conversation one will be able to strick up when the Moto 360 hits the streets?
“Hey, is that a smartwatch?”
“Why sure it is!”
“I’ve been thinking about getting it”
“It’s great, but you’ll need an Android to use it.”
“But I have an iPhone…”
Motorola created a device that will sell itself, market it self and bring down the allegiance of consumers who are Apple base but really love the Moto 360. Of course, there will be people who aren’t willing enough to leave Apple for a cool watch, but you have to account for those that are. Even more so, those who do have Androids and get the Moto G will be less likely to switch over to Apple’s ecosystem.
I didn’t think this year would be the year that a definite divide would be installed by Google. Google makes money by advertising on all mobile platforms including iOS. But now, it seems Google is ready to focus and grow only their ecosystem.