This afternoon, for some unknown reason, Google decided to drop the price of the Moto 360 to $165 from $249 on the Google Store. This is a huge price cut for such a popular and well-selling device. That and the fact that it came out of nowhere almost certainly tells us that there is something amiss over at Motorola, or perhaps Google just wanted to give everyone a good deal on one of the most popular smartwatches out there.
When you head over to the Google Store you will be able to grab a Moto 360 in either black-on-black or silver with a stone strap for only $165. So, why is this? Why did Google decide to cut the price of the Moto 360 by so much? The most sensible explanation is because Motorola is preparing to release the second iteration of the Moto 360. It was not too long ago that CEO of Lenovo, which now owns Motorola, accidentally leaked an image of what appeared to be the upcoming iteration of the Moto 360. Said leaked image did not only show what could be the next smartwatch from Motorola, but it also showed an assortment of interchangeable watch straps. This, telling us that the next Moto 360 will quite possibly offer a higher level of customization.
Having said all of this, if you do not want to or maybe just don't have the patience to wait for the next iteration of the Moto 360, is grabbing one of the current Moto 360's from the Google Store your best choice? It quite possibly could be, but Best Buy also has a pretty enticing offer for the Moto 360 at the moment. If you purchase a Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge or an HTC One M9 from Best Buy, you can get a Moto 360 for $100 off. That means that you would be getting a brand new Moto 360 for $149, ever so slightly cheaper than you could on the Google Store at $165. However, like we said, to take advantage of the Best Buy offer you will have to purchase a new flagship smartphone as well, which might make more sense only if you're already planning on upgrading to a new device. Either way, it's great to see Motorola's smartwatch get a substantial price cut, possibly right before its next iteration is released.