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Moto 360 smartwatch clocks an update with new interactive faces

The Motorola-made wearable receives the most recent Android Wear update, plus a few custom goodies, too.

The Moto 360 gets even smarter and more interactive with new software update. Sarah Tew/CNET

Owners of Motorola's Moto 360 can start receiving the latest version of the Android Wear software for their smartwatches starting Thursday. Available immediately, the new release features interactive watch faces as well as some custom Motorola touches. (You can see the full release notes here.)

Although the watch is approaching its one-year anniversary, the (currently discounted) Moto 360 is often among the first Android Wear-powered devices to receive software updates.

Motorola's early achievement in creating a round-face smartwatch instead of a square one may soon drown in a new wave of fresh, round Android Wear watches, expected to break next week at the yearly IFA electronics conference in Berlin. Motorola's update to its 360, which should also emerge in this early September rush, will face greater competition among this slew of new wearables.

For now, the current 360's update will receive recently announced interactive watch faces, which show information like a step counter directly on the screen, rather than having to open a separate app to see these details. The update also brings watch-to-watch communication, which lets two Moto 360 owners privately share photos and emojis with each other, and a weather "microapp", which displays a four-day forecast.

The Moto 360 also gets smarter, with an update to Google Translate that covers 44 languages.

You can manually trigger the software update from the Moto 360 watch by navigating to Settings>About>System updates.