Motorola is still digesting the success of Moto 360 and news of a new Android Wear smartwatch is already out. The latest bit of information is as good as official, as it came directly from Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing, who posted on Weibo images of what appears to be a next-gen Moto 360 smartwatch. The images were pulled down shortly after they were uploaded, which only suggests the news was not meant for public eyes.
But one must know that if something's out on the internet, it stays there forever. The leaked Moto 360 2 images were captured by MyDrivers.com before they disappeared. If the images are to be believed, the next-gen Moto 360 smartwatch will bring in radical changes on board. But the improvements does not affect the ridiculed "flat tire" black bar across the bottom. Taking a closer look at the images, the Moto 360 successor brings interchangeable front panel and redesigned lugs underneath the body of the watch to make changing straps much easier, CNET reports.
If anything is clear in the images, the new Moto 360 will bring extreme customisation options. The watches appear in different sizes of bands and watch faces. One image exclusively shows different colour options for the bands and front panel.
According to Android Central, the images were accompanied by a cryptic message, "Moto 360, matching the arrival of the era of freedom, our store in the future to increase the function of the watch shop." Although nothing much can be made out of it, the "era of freedom" may refer to interchangeable bands and front panels.
Recently, Motorola added Moto Maker customisation to Moto 360, allowing shoppers to personalise their order beyond a stock smartwatch. The original Moto 360 has been out for just a few months and a successor could be months away. There's no specific upgrade pattern seen in the wearables space as the new product category is still finding its ground.