The Moto 360 vs. the Apple Watch

In today's open source roundup: A head to head comparison of the Moto 360 and the Apple Watch. Plus: Facebook Lite announced for Android. And Valve introduces the Steam Controller on YouTube

The Moto 360 vs. the Apple Watch

Smartwatches are all the rage these days, but what happens when you put the Moto 360 head to head against the Apple Watch? Well a writer at Tech Republic did just that and came away with some interesting insights as to the pluses and minuses of each smartwatch.

Jason Hiner reports for Tech Republic:

After the launch of the Apple Watch, I wore both an Apple Watch and an Android Wear device for a month. That's right. I walked around looking like a dork wearing Apple's smartwatch on one wrist and wearing the Moto 360 on my other wrist in order to compare and contrast the two of them.

These smartwatches are primarily about two things: notifications and activity tracking. Both Apple Watch and Android Wear do these well. For activity tracking, Apple has more glanceable visuals while Google has simpler, easier to access data.

The Apple Watch had a longer learning curve because it can do more, but the longer I used it the more I appreciated its power and potential. Over time, I also found that the Moto 360 was more unpredictable and weirdly unresponsive at times, while the Apple Watch was more fluid and consistent.

Plenty of people claim to be blown away by the design of the Apple Watch, but I'm not one of them. It's thicker and heavier than I expected. I also don't like the square shape, which reminds me of the calculator watches of the 1980s. I generally find the circular design of the Moto 360 more appealing--if it wasn't so massive.

More at Tech Republic

Facebook Lite announced for Android

Facebook is hugely popular among Android users, but it can also be a data hog at times. Facebook Lite is new alternative from Facebook that might work better for some Android users that want to use a minimum amount of network bandwidth.

Vijay Shankar announced Facebook Lite on the Facebook news site:

Today we’re introducing Facebook Lite, a new version of Facebook for Android that uses less data and works well across all network conditions.

More than a billion people around the world access Facebook from a range of mobile devices on varying networks. In many areas, networks can be slow and not able to support all the functionality found in Facebook for Android. Facebook Lite was built for these situations, giving people a reliable Facebook experience when bandwidth is at a minimum.

Facebook Lite is less than 1MB so it is fast to install and quick to load. It includes Facebook’s core experiences like News Feed, status updates, photos, notifications and more.

More at Facebook

Valve introduces the Steam Controller

Valve has been busy perfecting its Steam Controller and now the company has posted a video on YouTube that introduces it to gamers. Watch the video to see just what the Steam Controller will offer when it's available for purchase.

Experience a new level of precise control for your favorite games. The Steam Controller lets you play your entire collection of Steam games on your TV—even the ones designed without controller support in mind.

A limited quantity of orders will be shipped October 16th, weeks in advance of our official launch. Pre-order now and be among Steam Hardware’s first wave of users.

More at YouTube

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This story, "The Moto 360 vs. the Apple Watch" was originally published by ITworld.

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