Samsung Announces the Gear Live Android Wear Smartwatch, Pre-orders Open Today

Samsung Announces the Gear Live Android Wear Smartwatch, Pre-orders Open Today
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samsung gear live android wear watch Samsung Announces the Gear Live Android Wear Smartwatch, Pre orders Open TodaySamsung has announced, at the Google I/O conference, its first ever Android Wear-powered smartwatch – the Samsung Gear Live – and has opened pre-orders for the new device. It is the company’s first Android-based smartwatch since the first Galaxy Gear.


“Samsung has been a pioneer in the quickly-evolving wearable market, and the launch of Gear Live furthers our efforts to deliver a simple and intuitive wearable experience to consumers,” said JK Shin, CEO and President of IT & Mobile Division, Samsung Electronics. “Through our long-term close collaboration with Google, we have successfully incorporated the capabilities of Android Wear into the Gear Live, in a way that only Samsung can do. I am confident that Samsung and Google together, we will grow the smart wearable market to positively impact consumers’ life.”

The Gear Live features a very similar exterior design as the Samsung Gear 2 with its square face and a 1.63-inch Super AMOLED screen at a screen resolution of 320 x 320 pixels. It also features a 1.2GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, and a 300mAh battery. It is both dust and water resistant with its IP67 certification. It will be able to track the user’s heart rate with its built-in heart rate monitor which is compatible with a slew of Android fitness apps.

Since the Gear Live features Google’s made-for-wearables Android Wear operating system, it will be capable of Android Wear’s slew of Google Now-like features including voice search and navigation, notifications, Google Maps & Navigation, Gmail, and even Hangouts. The Gear Live can be paired with any device running Android 4.3 or higher via Bluetooth 4.0.

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“Watches powered by Android Wear aim to help people get access to useful information the moment you need it, at a glance,” said Sundar Pichai, SVP, Android, Chrome & Apps. “It’s exciting to be working closely with Samsung on the launch of the Gear Live-with it’s all-day battery and vibrant display-to bring more smart wearables to the market.”

As previously mentioned the Samsung Gear Live is now available for pre-order from the Google Play Store for $199.99 and will be available for purchase online and at Best Buy retail stores on July 7, 2014. It will be available in Black and Wine Red and will come with a standard black 22m wristband but an array of interchangeable straps will also be made available by the company.