The Moto 360 will be the first Android Wear smartwatch to come with an ambient light sensor

Moto 360 Bezel ambient light sensor

Android Wear offerings from LG and Samsung are now readily available for anyone looking to add a little more convenience to their life. When it comes to choosing, you’ll find these tiny devices don’t really feature much variation in terms of hardware (their size and requirements from the OS aren’t as demanding as smartphones). Sure, the Samsung Gear Live has slightly higher resolution, but I think just about all us early adopters were surprised to find that both LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live didn’t come equipped with an ambient light sensor.

A strange oversight, whenever a user sets their desire brightness, they’ll need to jump through a few hoops in order to change the brightness of the display to match their environment. While, it’s true apps like Wear Mini Launcher offer a quick brightness slider to help alleviate this issue, it doesn’t totally fix it. And that sucks.

For Motorola’s upcoming smartwatch — the Motorola Moto 360 — there’s still a bit of mystery surrounding wearable in terms of what Motorola is planning to do different (other than its circular design). If there was any question Motorola was aiming at a more premium smartwatch experience with its brushed aluminum frame and nearly bezeless watch face, we now have another idea of some hardware will be using in their device that simply put, the others forgot about: an ambient light sensor.

A hands-off video from TechCrunch is making the rounds around the net this afternoon. In the video (at the 1:39 mark), Motorola spokesperson Cathay Bi shows off the smartwatch just like she did in Motorola’s official hands-on video, only this time she revealed a small detail many looked over at the time. At about the 1:50 mark, Bi mentions the watch’s small bezel along the bottom — which she calls the “display driver” — houses an ambient light sensor, already putting the 360 ahead of the current rivals in terms of raw hardware.

So there you have it. If you weren’t already lusting over the Moto 360, the fact that the watch will offering even a little more convenience than the other guys should once again pique your interests. We’ll have to wait and see what else Motorola has up their sleeves for the watch when it’s made available for sale in the coming weeks.

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TAGS: Android Wear , Motorola Moto 360

  • MK2

    Coming weeks? You sound like you have a release date up your sleeve.

    • PoisonApple31

      Or its just another way to say there is no release date yet. Only 8 more weeks of summer!

      • MK2


  • Eric Sanchez

    I loved Gadget Watches in the 80’s, 90’s and early 2000’s but not anymore. I would rather use my Phablet to do everything. Watch Screens are just to damn small.

    • earth

      I have never consistently worn a watch in my life outside trying it a few times. I plan to get this as I’m an info/Google Now junkie and it will be more than convenient to get tidbits of info w/out having to grab phone.

  • irishrally

    Dat mole.

    • Phaz0n

      I’d hit it.

      • Marc Perrusquia

        Already did.

  • Alec

    This watch just keeps getting better and better.

  • Phaz0n

    I prefer to keep the brightness on my Gear Live all the way up, all the time, so I’m cool with it not having an ambient light sensor.

    • Chris Chavez

      I recently turned it down and enabled screen-off and am getting crazy battery life. I wish they had a shake to wake instead of having to turn your arm all crazy towards you.

      • Phaz0n

        Shake-to-wake sounds like a brilliant idea Chris!! That’d be awesome to have as an option. I wonder if it’s something that can be implemented by a developer through an app, or if this is something that has to be enabled at the OS level.

  • No_Nickname90

    And that black bar doesn’t even look out of place with a black background. But it seems as if you’d need a black background always to keep it looking like that.

    Oh well, still aiming to get that watch.

  • snowglyder

    Preparing myself for this to be $350 already. The more I see it and see its features, the more I think $399. I hope not though. Paying more than my Nexus 5 for a smartwatch will be a tough pill to swallow.

    • Chris Chavez

      I’ll actually put money on it being $399.99.

      • Medion

        I’ve been expecting $349 for awhile. I think that $249 is the sweet spot for this, but never underestimate Motorola’s ability to undermine their own product launch (see: Moto X).

        • PoisonApple31

          If people were willing to pay $230 for the G-Watch – they should have no problem getting people to pay $300 to $349 for the 360.

          • Scotsman of Loch Ness

            it would be amusing if they released it at $360 USD

      • Marc Perrusquia

        I think it’ll be $250

      • irishrally

        400 is too much. I’d rather buy a tablet like the new nividia one.

        • JointhePredacons

          yea but you couldnt strap that to your wrist.

          • irishrally

            Premium duct tape tablet strap.

  • aranea100

    I wish they could make a circular Toq. I saw one and its screen looks great under the bright Californian sun.

  • Medion


    “A hands-off video from TechCrunch is making the rounds around the net this afternoon. ”

    FYI, it was uploaded June 26. I knew the video looked familiar. I watched it RIGHT after I/O this year :)

  • Lex Lybrand

    Honest question — How long will it be until we get a watch that’s actually circular? No black bar at all?

    • Mark Washington

      Check amazon there already have those

      • Lex Lybrand

        Link? Or do you mean non smart watches?

        • Kevin Diaz

          Non smart watches

          • Lex Lybrand


  • JointhePredacons

    Im lusting after the HTC version. You Moto fans can keep this, no thanks. Still wonder if Google itself has a smartwatch in the works.

    • idongacha

      Made by who else?

    • Jesse James

      Moto fans? I love htc and I couldn’t care any less for motorola but the moto360 is easily the best designed smartwatch there is. Everyone else has been focusing on function and not putting much thought into form. The moto360 will kill all other smartwatches in sales just based on looks alone.

    • malcmilli

      sometimes people arent OEM fanboys and can just appreciate a good product.

    • Medion

      You don’t have to be a fanboy to appreciate the Moto 360. You absolutely have to be a fanboy to favor an unreleased and unannounced product. You have it backwards. You’re the fanboy.

  • Robabobbob

    So what is a “display driver” and why didn’t he ask?

    • TheScientists

      That’s the physical components that connect to the display to drive it. Tiny PCB and tiny ribbon-cable, I’m guessing.

  • dhinged

    What will they do to hamper it just before it’s released?

  • steveb944

    Omg, I just started inadvertantly tech drooling. This is my future buy.

  • hemipw54

    What time it? Hair past a freckle.
    Big Ben will be envious.