Motorola just tweeted (and deleted) a glimpse of the new Moto 360

The big lugs match up with an earlier leak, but the flat-tire display remains intact

What is with Motorola and the itchy Twitter fingers this week? On Wednesday, the gadget maker posted a release date for the Moto X Style, but then deleted it, along with a similar Google+ post. Today, we have another revealing tweet-and-delete.

This time around, it's for the second-generation Moto 360, which we've seen a couple leaks about over the last few months. We were surprised to see last month's reveal event with only the Moto X Style, Moto X Play, and Moto G (3rd Gen) - no revision of the company's stellar Android Wear smartwatch.

But it may still be on the horizon, as the tweet suggests. It contained a brief video showing a mockup of the watch, with the wearer using Android Wear's speak-to-search functionality to find a costume for a dog. The tweet wasn't meant as an announcement - it just seemed like any other promotional tweet that'd go up after everyone knew about the device. However, that announcement hasn't been made.

What sets the second-gen model apart in the video (which you can still see over at The Verge) are the big metal lugs on the top and bottom of the device. They're not found on the original Moto 360, although they're very common on watches, including competing smartwatches. If this is indeed the second-gen Moto 360, then it should be compatible with traditional watch bands - a nice perk over the original. We first caught a glimpse of this model back in March, when Motorola owner Lenovo's CEO tweeted an image featuring loads of Moto 360 watches, bands, and bezels.

Sadly, anyone who expected Motorola to address the "flat-tire" look given to the partially circular screen will surely be disappointed by this early look: the bottom portion of the display remains blacked out, which the company original said was done to help house components while keeping the device from being too bulky.

Still, if LG and Samsung can make reasonably slim circular smartwatches, why can't Motorola?

[Source: 9to5Google via The Verge]