​Moto 360 overhaul delivers new metal straps, colours and fitness features

Motorola's impeccable timing takes the fight to the LG G Watch R
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The Moto 360 feels like old news after a flurry of releases from LG, Fitbit and Jawbone this month, but Motorola has just given its round-faced smartwatch an update.

With the LG G Watch R trumping the Moto 360 in the looks department, Motorola has added a range of metal bands and a champagne gold finish to its line up, which injects some much needed chic into the Moto 360 range.

Essential reading: Moto 360 vs LG G Watch R

The company also seems to have heeded criticisms about the size of its watch for women, and will be offering slim bands, which it said will be “coming soon." Of course, that does little to remedy the overall size of the watch itself, but may make a difference.

Motorola is also introducing new leather bands via it's “M4DE" program, and DodoCase will be stocking four new offerings, too.


The new bands come at an excellent time, as the LG G Watch R goes on sale in the UK and across the world. While the design of the LG G Watch R is a little more eye-catching than the contourless and slightly clinical Moto 360, LG has opted not to offer any alternative bands for its device, telling Wareable that it wanted “customers to choose".

Essential reading: The new Moto 360 2 hands-on

That may be well and good, but when deciding between the two devices, the strap on offer makes a big difference, and most people will make their choice based on what they see – and there's no denying the new metal Moto straps look rather eye-catching.


Make your own watchface

Away from new colours and bands, Motorola has overhauled the watch face offerings of the Moto 360, and users will now be able to customise the look of their smartwatch, and set their own background image and look of the hands. The new features will be dropped via an update in the “next few days."

Finally, health tracking is getting an upgrade with the new Moto Body feature. The app harvests step, activity and heart rate information and sets goals outside of the standard Android Wear experience – which we've found to be lacking so far.

Moto 360 fans can also get involved with a Reddit 'Ask Me Anything' (AMA) and 12.30pm CT on Saturday 8 November.

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