Rumored prototype Motorola smartwatch surfaces, looks a lot like a MOTOACTV sequel

Remember the MOTOACTV? Yeah, Motorola's fitness-tracking, music-playing, wrist wearable from 2011, that one. Back before "smartwatches" were really a thing, Motorola and a few other companies were experimenting around with the concept of devices you could wear on your body, mostly for fitness tracking. And so, Motorola released the Android-powered MOTOACTV, and it was… interesting.

Was there to be a follow-up? If a report by Android Police is any indication, yes. They describe it as a prototype "Google Watch", though to be honest, looking at it we're not so sure that's accurate.

For one, Google very deliberately kept a distance between themselves and Motorola from the moment they purchased the handset maker, and will be even more so once the sale to of Motorola to Lenovo goes through. Motorola hasn't produced any Nexus devices since they were acquired — that's been LG for both the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5, ASUS for the Nexus 7, and Samsung for the Nexus 10. Why would Motorola then be tasked with designing a Google smartwatch with Motorola branding on it?

More likely this is a prototype follow-up to the MOTOACTV. The control layout very closely mimics that of the original MOTOACTV and the design overall screams "fitness watch" to us. Hell, even the one image a settings screen looks precisely like the MOTOACTV interface.

But maybe Google should be making a Nexus smartwatch to show the likes of Samsung and Pebble how they'd do it. Motorola's confirmed that they too are working on new wearble devices, so let us know in the comments what you think — maybe a new MOTOACTV is in the cards...

Source: Android Police


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Rumored prototype Motorola smartwatch surfaces, looks a lot like a MOTOACTV sequel


I really liked the idea of the motoactive before the smartwatch craze kicked in. the only thing that stopped me was that high $350 price, if they could get it closer to $200 or so I might actually get one.

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I was going to get one also. I was going to buy the MotoACTV when I got the Droid Bionic but I ended up going with the Galaxy Nexus and then got a BodyBugg instead. You have to give Motorola credit for always being ahead of the curve.

I loved my motoactv. I got it used for $100 off of ebay last year and it was great till I lost it. I've been trying to find something to fill that void for a while. Omate didn't really cut it. Sony smartwatch 2 was a joke. Now im hoping that one of the new gears will be my replacement. If not in going to buy another Motoactv and not care that in carrying around 3 year old tech on my wrist.

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I use my MotoActv just about every day as a fitness tracker. I bet I'm one of the last ones..... I love this thing and would love to see a refresh.

I doubt this will be the final manifestation, since Motorola said that wearables should resemble jewelry. This hardly fits the bill. Unless it really was supposed to be only a fitness tool, like the gear fit.

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I still use my MotoActv for a fitness tracker and for golf. It is a great tool for golf. I wish they didn't just abandon it one day. Some updates would have been great.

I too still use my motooactv. I've been hoping forever that someone would make another one more current.

I loved my Motoactive, but I did not like the bulk and that it stopped being supported by Motorola. Looking forward to what they are doing with this watch.

I'm guessing the "Nexus" watch is going to LG because of the curved display tech.