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Motorola has sent out invitations to a special press event to be held on September 4th, and along with the impressive-looking Moto 360 smartwatch, the formerly Google-owned company will take the wraps off two new smartphones and some kind of head-mounted gadget. It’s quite an exciting prospect, particularly given that Samsung is likely to take the wraps off the Note 4 and, in all likelihood, another addition to its ‘Gear’ smartwatch line-up the day before on September 3rd. Unlike Samsung’s event, which will head off IFA in Berlin, Germany, Motorola’s big announcements will take place in Chicago, United States, and as well as more info regarding the beautiful Moto 360, the successor to the heavily-lauded Moto X should also be on the agenda.

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When Google first took the wraps off Android Wear, a smartwatch-flavored variant of the famed mobile software, a number of manufacturing partners were also outlined. On the very day of the announcement, both LG and Motorola showcased their inaugural efforts, with the respective G Watch and Moto 360. Among most of our readers, as well as the whole team here, the Moto 360 was the stand-out, featuring a slick, traditional design, and after handing out samples at I/O, we’re now beginning to see some accessories and peripherals. Below, we take a look at the wireless charging dock, which also morphs your device into a night stand / bedside clock.

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This week has been a particularly busy one for the emerging smartwatch market, with Google having finally unveiled its Android Wear OS designed specifically for wrist-mounted gizmos. Straight after the announcement, Motorola teased its Moto 360 smartwatch, and even though we’ve several other devices to look forward to from partners including LG, HTC and ASUS, the Moto 360 immediately struck a chord. Finally, it seems, we have a smartwatch that oozes style and a sense of being a traditional watch as much as a toy for geeks, and now, we also have what is claimed to be info relating to the device’s specifics.

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Having announced the Moto 360 straight after Google showcased its new Android Wear OS, the company made a strong statement of intent as far as the smartwatch market is concerned. Not only does the former Google subsidiary wish to make its mark on this evolving area of mobile space by being among the first to release a wearable gadget running on Android Wear, but it has come up with a very attractive product in the process, and if you wish to check the Moto 360-ready version of the Android Wear OS, an APK has now surfaced that allows you to emulate the experience on your Android device.

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Even though Motorola is no longer a Google subsidiary, it’s still very much intertwined with the search giant’s products, and having been the first to announce a smartwatch running the Android Wear software, the company then organized a Hangout to run a Q&A on the exciting upcoming gadget. Since the last 24 hours have been particularly busy in the world of tech – thanks largely to Google’s announcement – there’s a good chance that you missed that Hangout, but if you wish to catch up, you can watch it all on YouTube.

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Having been purchased by Google three years ago before being recently offloaded to Lenovo for almost $10 billion less, you might have forgiven Motorola for losing a little of its get-up-and-go, but today’s announcement of the Moto 360 – the first confirmed smartwatch to be running on its former overlord’s Android Wear software – indicates that Motorola is far from beleaguered by the unsettling corporate movements, and still has a great deal to offer the mobile market. The device itself, which looks a digitized version of a traditional wristwatch, will be available at some point in the summer, with Motorola – like Google – currently focusing its efforts in developing the ecosystem.

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