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Additional Moto 360 details revealed: splash resistance, unique charging method and more

At today's Motorola hosted Hangout event, we learned a few more details about what to expect from the upcoming Moto 360 smartwatch.
March 19, 2014

Earlier today, Motorola had a live Hangout event where they talked a bit about the upcoming Android Wear-powered smartwatch, the Moto 360. Although Motorola wasn’t able to divulge too many secrets, the project’s lead designer Jim Wicks did shed a little more light on what to expect from the watch.

You can always watch a full recording of today’s event in the video above, but here’s some of the biggest takeaways:

The Moto 360 is for lefties or righties: Thanks to the “orientation free” design of the watch, it is possible to flip the Moto 360 around and wear it on either the right or left wrist. In other words, the UI will orientate to whatever way the watch faces.

The Moto 360 is a uni-sex product: Like pretty much every other smartwatch we’ve seen out there, the 360 is a one-gender-fits-all product. That said, Motorola says that the design should fit comfortably for both men and women and the existence of changeable bands will allow you to create a style/fit that best works for you.

Splash resistance: Motorola doesn’t get too detailed on what to expect in terms of IP certification, but at the very least the watch should be able to resist a splash or two.

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A unique charging method: The 360 is said to lack a charging port or any other kind of typical connector. They aren’t yet revealing how the device will charge, though inductive charging is probably a safe bet. Then again, perhaps they’ll do something completely out of the box here — we’ll just have to wait and see.

The 360 complies to one of two Android Wear standards: Wicks says that Android Wear’s UI is designed with both round and square screens in mind, and seems to imply that other rounded smartwatches could be in the works from other manufacturers.

Battery life is a priority: Motorola doesn’t specify how good the battery will be, but it does say that they consider this a priority — a sentiment we’ve heard from Motorola before.

Works with Android 4.3 or higher: Motorola’s previous statements suggested the watch would work with a wide range of Android devices, now we know that it will work with any device that features Jelly Bean 4.3 or newer.

For more details on the Moto 360 and what we know so far, you may also want to check out our original coverage of the Moto 360 announcement by clicking here.

What do you think, excited for the 360 (and/or Android Wear in general) or not? Could this be the smartwatch we’ve all been waiting for?