By this point, you know there are hacks to be had with your Android phone, tricks to be indulged in with Spotify, and no shortage of tips to save you from going over your data (again). But when it comes to your smartwatch, you're probably thinking that beyond tracking how many miles you logged on your long run, there aren't many more little-known tricks to unearth. Well, when it comes to the Moto 360 smartwatch (starts at $299), powered by Android Wear, you'd be wrong. Here are five off-the-beaten-dial tips to get more out of the powerful and sleek custom Moto 360.
1.Twist your wrist and pull up everything you need at a glance.
You don't need to do a tango of taps to pull up important info. Simply rotate your wrist to scroll through notifications and reminders on the watch dial, and you'll be presented with timely updates you can quickly scan.
2. Speak or draw quick messages.
Say “Running late, can you order me a Golden Gate Gose or whatever happy hour beer you're having?” or draw right on your watch to communicate when you're on the run. The watch integrates seamlessly with apps like Facebook Messenger, Google Hangouts, SMS, WhatsApp, and WeChat.
3. Screen calls — even if you don't have your phone on you.
Your watch and phone (yes, the Moto 360 pairs with iPhones, too) are connected via Bluetooth and WiFi. So even if you left the phone at your desk, in another room, or even another building, you can stay connected and see who's calling (and texting, as well). Another cool feature: When you run or workout with just your watch and leave your phone behind, your watch will obviously still track steps and distance, but it can also even listen to downloaded music with Bluetooth headphones.
4. Customize your watch's look.
You can select from thousands of Android Wear watch faces on Google Play. With the recently launched Mode's easy snap-on and snap-off technology, you can easily swap between a leather or metal band for work, and a silicone band for play.
5. Call back a notification you accidentally dismissed.
Tinder may make you upgrade to the pro version to resurface a match sent to accidental swiping purgatory, but luckily the Moto 360 won't charge you a penny: Simply swipe down from the top of the screen immediately after you make the mistake, and a"dismissing" countdown will pop up. Hit "undo" and whatever you accidentally axed will return to the screen.
Oh, and did we mention this thing also tells the time? (You can even enable the always-on display, so you’ll always be able to see the time without having to shake your arm to wake up your smartwatch if it's sleeping.)
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