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The jig is up on the mysterious Moto 360 charging method. Motorola showed the smartwatch off at June’s Google I/O(s goog) event but was very careful to avoid explaining how the round-faced watch would get recharged, going so far as to not show the underside of the device. That doesn’t matter now because The Verge spotted pictures of a wireless charging dock.
Italian site Mister Gadget got its hands on the Moto 360 dock, and based on the early images, the implementation looks much better than that of the Samsung Gear Live and LG G Watch. The Moto 360 looks to fit on its dock in a way that shows the time like a desk clock. It also shows the charge level as an almost circular meter around the watch’s face; it’s “almost” circular because a small portion of the Moto 360’s round display is used for the display digitizer connection. (Hint: Look at the left side of the display above.)
The fact that the Moto 360 uses wireless charging actually shouldn’t surprise anyone. Given that you couldn’t see any USB ports or other power input jacks on the device, it was clearly a safe bet that wireless charging was the answer. And that may make the watch even more appealing than its competitors, which use either removable plastic USB receivers (that sometimes break) or metal charging pins.
Of course, you won’t be taking this charging dock with you on the go, meaning that if your Moto 360 lacks juice during the day, you might be out of luck. Or not, since the Moto 360 is expected to use the Qi charging standard. In a worst-case situation, you could probably remove the watch and place it on a Qi-compatible charging pad at the office.