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Second-gen Moto 360 gossip intensifies, calling for 360 x 360 display

Allegedly codenamed “Smelt”, this has some serious catching up to do to recent luxury LG releases, although it’s still shrouded in mystery for the most part.

Moto 360

Hot on the heels of an “accidental” first reveal of the 2015 Moto 360 edition by Lenovo’s CEO himself, a second batch of vague intel just made its way online, exposing very little of importance on perhaps Android’s best Apple Watch-“killing” chance.

Accidental, schmaccidental, this is starting to look like a calculated, shrewd teasing campaign. Phandroid says it received word from a “popular app developer” based near Motorola’s Chicago, Illinois HQ on possible internal Smelt testing.

If we didn’t know any better, we’d guess “popular app developer” is code for straight from the horse’s mouth, aka marketing propaganda dispersed by the wearable’s manufacturer itself.

Whether Motorola wants us to sniff around the… 361 (?) or not, it’s just about set in stone screen resolution will be upgraded from 320 x 290 pixels to 360 x 360. Unless those very numbers are meant to take us for a ride. Argh, it’s so frustrating to not be sure of anything.

Moto 360 sequel

Speaking of, the Smelt pet name could be an innocent reference to a trout-resembling small bony fish, or… a revelatory hint on the second-generation gadget’s build quality. To smelt also means to “melt rock that contains metal in order to get the metal out” or “melt or fuse often with an accompanying chemical change usually to separate the metal.”

Yes, Motorola, more premium metal would be an outstanding upgrade. Then again, keep in mind last year’s 360 was known on the inside as “Minnow”, which just happens to designate a small freshwater fish.

Basically, that leaves the running of Android 5.1W in what we presume is an early stage of testing as the only real, guaranteed revelation of today’s report. Wait, could the “New” Moto 360 thus land in, say, a few weeks? Literally anything’s possible.

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