If you're a first-generation Moto 360 user that just found a great deal on the two-year-old device, well...you may just want to enjoy the watch as is. Motorola has confirmed that the 2014 Android Wear smartwatch that kicked off the "circular shape is perfection in design" mindset within the smartwatch market will not be eligible for Google's Android Wear 2.0 update.
Twitter member @timo_capa wrote Motorola on the social media site, with the question "Hey @Moto_Support, when's the Moto 360 v1 getting the new update which was released today?" Motorola responded with, "Unfortunately, Moto360 1 Gen will not receive the new update 2.0," putting an end to any questions you may have had about the device's update eligibility. @Timo_capa wasn't talking about the Android Wear 2.0 update (he was referring to security patches), but he confused his language. Regardless of what he meant to say though, Motorola isn't confused as to the company's stance on whether or not the Moto 360 v.1 will see another major update; the answer is an unequivocal "no."
Why Motorola is choosing not to update the first-generation Moto 360 has a lot to do with the company's refusal to support its first Android Wear smartwatch after 2 years, but apart from that, there isn't much justification. After all, the first-gen. and second-gen. Moto 360 match up in the spec sheet (with the exception of the TI OMAP processor in the first-gen. Moto 360 as opposed to the Snapdragon 400 in the second-gen. Moto 360). Other than the processor, there doesn't appear to be any sufficient reason as to why the device couldn't handle the new update. Of course, processor requirements are always mandated for smartphone update eligibility, but Motorola doesn't seem to have a good reason to terminate any future updates in Android Wear for a device that has proven really popular with a large number of early smartwatch adopters (these are still early days to be a smartwatch adopter). Early LG G Watch owners are just as disappointed as first-gen. Moto 360 owners. The Android Wear 2.0 update will bring standalone apps (every smartwatch wearer's dream), customizable watch faces that let you select any apps to place on your main watch display for notifications, and a virtual on-screen keyboard that removes reliance on Google Now (or what will become Google Assistant).
We'll keep our eyes and ears to the ground to see if Motorola changes its stance, but this doesn't seem to be a good move for a company that can't seem to dominate the market (the market is decisively with Apple and Samsung at the moment; Android Wear's success as a whole doesn't spell much success for Motorola, specifically). If you own another Android Wear watch and aren't sure about whether your watch will make the cut or not, you can check on Android Wear 2.0-eligible smartwatches.
What do you think about this? Are you upset with this decision, or are you at peace with it? Do you intend to pick up the second-gen. Moto 360, wait for the third-gen., or do you have your eye and wallet set on another smartwatch within Android Wear (or on Samsung's Gear S2 or upcoming Gear S3)?