Moto 360 Messanger App

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by codeoncoke, Nov 24, 2014.

  1. codeoncoke macrumors newbie

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    Hi folks,
    i recently got my moto 360 (stunning build quality btw) and I'm tinkering around right now creating a messenger app. You can swipe the keys to get to the rest of the alphabet, there also is an automated function to give the user .com/.co.uk/.de when typing an url, also an easy copy-paste function. What you guys think so far?

    I would also like to point out some challenges, first the round shape, the tiny space, the led backlight. Also the display isn't really displaying things the same it does on the macbook, colors look different.

    Its really really hard because on the tiny space shapes can look easily cluttert, colors either overpoweringly dark, there also is little contrast on that screen.

    The only way is really to go minimalist, retro-flat grainy, and going that route its really easy to make it look cheap. I think Apple will have an easier job just because of the OLED screen and its darkness and contrast. But all in all its an amazing watch. Too bad it doesn't run iOS. :)
     

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  2. Tinmania macrumors 68040

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    Somebody please shoot me if I ever use a keyboard on a watch that is nearly useless without a tethered smartphone. A smartphone with a keyboard that I can actually use.

    The moto 360 uses voice for a reason.


    Michael
     
  3. codeoncoke thread starter macrumors newbie

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    You clearly never used a moto. Its soo damn natural on your wrist. I CANT use my phone on work but i can type short answers and keep connected on work with my moto. Its amazing.
     
  4. Tinmania macrumors 68040

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    You clearly don't know that I bought a moto 360 and had it for 2 weeks before returning.

    I returned it due to having to charge it daily.

    I did not return it because I needed a keyboard. I was able to send messages just fine with voice control.

    If I ever am using a keyboard on a watch, with my smartphone in my pocket, I need my head examined.



    Michael
     
  5. MasterRyu2011 macrumors 65816

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    Not to hijack this thread..but I find this statement outdated.

    Did you return it after they updated the Moto 360. It had horrible battery life at launch. But after one of the updates, I am getting consistently two days of use (READ: 48 hours). It depends on your usage, sure, but I use mine a lot. I am constantly playing around with the watch faces.

    Regarding the OP, I actually like it. I would use it.
     
  6. Tinmania macrumors 68040

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    It is not dated: I didn't buy it till the update was out. Out of the box my 360 didn't have the update but as soon as I got it charged and synched to my phone, it updated.

    Yes after my usage dropped off I could probably have gotten a whole two days if I wanted to risk my watch dying on the second day. Two days. Is that really all that much better than one day? Not for me.

    The reason my usage dropped off was because I was using the watch for things much better suited for my smartphone. Which was in my pocket. It seemed crazy to be doing that.

    So in the end it was mainly a remote notifier for my phone. That was nice, but not nice enough to have yet another device that needed charging every day.

    I still think it is nuts to use a greatly-compromised "on screen" keyboard on that watch. I'd have to be an idiot to do tie up both hands to do that when I can actually type with just one hand on my smartphone--with an actual usable keyboard. And the moto 360 requires a smartphone to be tethered to it.




    Mike
     
  7. MasterRyu2011 macrumors 65816

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    Ok, I get where you're coming from. I guess two days for me is perfectly fine because I don't wear my watch while I am sleeping. As long it can last a whole day after I wake up in the morning I am good. If it were a normal watch, I would just plop it on a table somewhere at night anyway; with this, I just put it on the multitude of wireless chargers that I have (I find an aftermarket wireless charger I bought for my nexus 7 better than than the Moto's stock charger). To each his own.

    Regarding the use case for a keyboard, there are times when I am not near my phone (it's in other room) and being able to discretely reply to a text with short answers would be convenient. The moto 360 watch screen is actually pretty big, so I don't think it's that bad at all.

    Kudos for having options!
     
  8. Tinmania macrumors 68040

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    Yea I guess it would be good to have an option to type something without having to speak it. There are times when speaking to the watch was definitely not ok. :)



    Mike
     
  9. Fanaticalism macrumors 6502a

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    I have the steel band version and I love mine. So useful!
     

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