Thursday, December 10, 2015

Moto 360 Sport will get released in Jan 2016

The new Moto 360 Sport could be the Android Wear that you're looking for if you're a fitness enthusiast. Many of the current Android Wear smartwatches don't have fitness-friendly features unless you swap out the leather band, set the brightness on high when you're outside, or strap your phone on your arm for GPS tracking.

The Moto 360 Sport will be very similar to the 2nd generation Moto 360, but it will include these features:
  • Built-in GPS
  • Better screen for outdoor use
  • Silicone band (but not user-changeable, so pick: Black, White, Flame Orange)
  • But, still only IP67 water resistance (which is probably sufficient for running, but not suitable for swimming)
I'd like to also know:
  • Will the Moto 360 Sport track treadmill running through its built-in accelerometer? Some of the current fitness watches made by Garmin, TomTom, and others have this feature so that you can run indoors and capture your running stats (speed, distance, cadence) on a mobile app. Will the Moto 360 Sport include this feature?
  • Will the built-in optical heart rate monitor on the watch be more customizable? For example, will you be able to monitor your HR continuously during a workout? Will 3rd party fitness apps have access to the HR data?
I hope that 2016 will be a year where we see more fitness-friendly smartwatches that offer greater water resistance, longer battery life, built-in GPS, treadmill running modes, and other essential features found in current GPS running watches. 

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