Could the next-gen Moto 360 be flying under the codename ‘Smelt’?
There was a lot to love about the Moto 360 when it came out last year – many editors on our team currently still use the device on a day-to-day basis – but there’s no denying that it was a first-gen device that was testing the waters for Android Wear. There were issues, and a lot of those issues are likely to be best fixed on a second-gen variant. (If you’re interested in what the staff thinks Motorola needs to improve on with the 2015 model, we have just the collaborative editorial for you.) That’s why we’re excited to see that this new model seems to be well into the development process, with possibly additional second-gen Moto 360 details having been released today by an anonymous source of Phandroid.
According to what the site refers to only as a popular Android developer, this developer’s console has been pinged by a mysterious Motorola wearable device. Specifically, these pings are from the city of Mundelein (not far from the Chicago, Illinois headquarters of Motorola Mobility), and they show off a device using the codename ‘Smelt’ and running an Android 5.1 build. The processor is identified only as an “armeabi-v7a,” and the screen resolution is reported as 360×360.
This isn’t that much to work off of, but it certainly sounds legitimate. ‘Smelt’ can be understood as a reference to a species of fish, and given that Motorola codenames in the past have mostly all had aquatic roots, this works just fine in the naming structure.
Hopefully this means that we’ll be hearing more details soon.