The decrepit stays of Motorola’s model are nonetheless floating round on the market. Motorola was fragmented throughout the tech panorama after the sale to Google, with Google (and now Lenovo) selecting up the smartphone enterprise, “Motorola Solutions” being spun off to deal with the radio enterprise for first-responders, Arris shopping for the modem division, and VTech licensing the Motorola model for landline telephones. For smartwatches, the Motorola model was licensed by an organization referred to as “eBuyNow,” a division of CE Manufacturers, which licenses different lifeless tech manufacturers like Kodak.
So meet the Moto Watch 100, the newest eBuyNow product attempting to relive the glory days of the Moto 360. This watch is simply $99.99, so presumably eBuyNow thinks a dirt-cheap smartwatch with no matter model recognition Motorola nonetheless has left shall be a very good impulse purchase.
Whereas the unique Moto 360 was an Android Put on (now Put on OS) smartwatch, with the Moto Watch 100, we’re seeing the feature-phonification of the Motorola smartwatch. It runs one thing referred to as “Moto OS,” which the web site describes as “a streamlined expertise targeted on well being and routine that dramatically will increase battery life.” There will not be any third-party apps, or an app retailer, so you may be caught with regardless of the packed-in options are. So far as we are able to inform from the user manual, that appears to be health monitoring with 26 exercise modes, steady coronary heart charge monitoring, sleep monitoring, and displaying the time and climate. When paired with an Android 5.0+ or iOS 10+ cellphone, you may get notification mirroring and distant media management. There’s additionally a companion smartphone app.
We do not have an entire spec sheet, however the web site lists a 360×360 LCD, a 355 mAh battery, Bluetooth 5, GPS, and an SPo2 monitor. There isn’t any speaker or microphone, so do not count on any voice assistant options, cellphone calls, or notification chimes. We don’t know what SoC it makes use of, however the firm has beforehand had a partnership with Qualcomm. The web site guarantees “14 days of full-time use.”
The final smartwatch firm to dump Put on OS for a extra restricted OS was OnePlus, when it launched the widely panned $159 OnePlus Watch. Identical to that watch, the Moto Watch feels much less like a critical tech product and extra prefer it’s destined for the cut price bin.
The Moto Watch 100 ships December 10.