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  • 6 September 2014, 5:44

Motorola Releases Moto 360 Smartwatch

Motorola has announced its much-anticipated Moto 360 smartwatch will go on sale in the UK in October.

The company's first smartwatch, which will cost £199.99, is powered by Android Wear and features a 1.5-inch curved screen, wireless charging and a built-in heart rate monitor and pedometer.

Users will be able to control the watch through voice, gesture or touch commands, and notifications including location and essential information will be shown through tile-based cards.

The device is waterproof, and has a battery life of around a day, according to the company. It will also be available with leather and metal straps.

Rick Osterloh, Motorola president, said: "I think the first watches that shipped have been really bad.

"It's quite concerning to me that in the early days some of the first watches maybe gave the category a bad edge.

"We believe our product will be on the new wave of offerings."

The company also unveiled two new smartphones - the Moto X and the Moto G - as well as a wireless Bluetooth earbud Moto Hint, at a launch event in Chicago on Thursday.

The Moto X goes on sale at the end of the month costing £419.99 and the Moto G is on sale from Friday priced at £144.99.

In a statement, it added: "This dynamic new portfolio of products gives you unprecedented power to choose how your mobile technology fits into your life, with new customisation options, better value and new ways to connect."

The Moto 360 will compete with the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live, which went on sale in July.

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