Moto 360 smartwatch will launch alongside Moto X+1, and in Moto Maker

Apparently the upcoming smartwatch which has many people more excited than other Android Wear devices, the Moto 360, is set to launch alongside the company's Moto X+1 phone (the sequel to the Moto X, of course).

At Google I/O, last week's developer conference, we heard the launch dates of both LG's G Watch and Samsung's new Gear Live – which will be out next week, and the week after respectively – but there was major disappointment that the Moto 360's date wasn't confirmed.

Google only said that the Moto 360 would be out later in the summer, so either July or August. However, a source who spoke to Phone Arena has said that the smartwatch will arrive hand-in-hand with the Moto X+1.

The inside source also revealed that the Moto 360 watch will be available through Moto Maker, in other words with customisation options – though it isn't clear exactly what options will be on offer at launch. Motorola is reportedly set to present buyers with a choice of leather, rubber (sports) or metal wristbands for the Android Wear device, but the latter might not be ready when the smartwatch emerges.

There's been plenty of buzz about the Moto 360, mainly because it's the first smartwatch with a slick design that actually looks like a "real" watch as opposed to some chunky and geeky piece of wrist-wear. It may just be the device that popularises the smartwatch, and beats Apple to the punch.

Rumour also has it that the Moto 360 will retail at $249 (£146) in the States.