Android L may have been the star of the show at Google I/O, but it is Android Wear devices that everyone had been waiting for for the past few months. Motorola and LG had hogged the limelight ever since the smartwatch platform was announced by Google. But just a few days before I/O news about Samsung announcing a smartwatch running Android Wear surfaced. Samsung has already released two smartwatches running Tizen this year. So is this new watch any improvement over the Tizen powered ones? Let’s take a look at what the new Samsung Gear Live has to offer.
Visually the Samsung Gear Live looks quite similar to the previously released Gear watches running Tizen. Samsung seems to be sticking to a design it seems to feel comfortable with. The watch comes with a 1.63-inch AMOLED display with 320 x 320 resolution. It has a 1.2GHz processor, 512MB RAM, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, 4GB storage and a 300mAh battery. The watch will have interchangeable straps and even a heart rate sensor. It will be IP67 rated, which means it can handle a bit of water and dust. Colour options will include red and black.
SAMSUNG EXPANDS GEAR PORTFOLIO WITH ANDROID WEAR
Samsung Gear Live™ powered by Android Wear, connects users to the world simply and efficiently
London, UK – June 25, 2014 – Samsung Electronics today unveiled the Samsung Gear Live, powered by Android Wear. The Samsung Gear Live is a new Android wearable that gives you useful information when you need it most.
“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.” “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 its all-day battery and vibrant display– to bring more smart wearables to the market.”
Advanced hardware technology The Samsung Gear Live offers a powerful mobile experience, heralded design aesthetics and innovative features that users expect from Samsung. The new Android Wear device features Samsung’s signature Super AMOLED display for incredible colour and screen clarity. It also offers easy customisation of the clock face and utilises simple one-touch device wakeup for instant access. The Gear Live meets IP67, protecting the device against the effects of dust and water immersion, and comes with a standard 22mm band, so users can change the band to express their taste and personality. Finally, the sleek watch allows users to better manage their health and fitness with a built-in heart rate monitor that works seamlessly with multiple fitness apps.
Simple and intuitive Android Wear experience Allowing information to move with the user, the Gear Live, powered by Android Wear shows targeted information and suggestions in real-time. The wide variety of Android applications compatible with the Gear Live means users can seamlessly receive the latest posts and updates from social apps, chats from preferred messaging apps, and regular notifications from shopping, news or even photography apps. The new device also offers intuitive voice commands; just say “Ok Google” to ask questions like what time your flight leaves or the score of the game, or to complete tasks such as calling a taxi, sending a text, making a restaurant reservation or setting an alarm. The Gear Live can be paired with any Android device running Android 4.3 or higher for a truly connected and personal mobile experience.
The Gear Live will be offered in Black and Wine Red with interchangeable strap options. It will be available to order from June 25th through the Google Play Store (play.google.com/devices), and will subsequently go on sale in Samsung Retail Stores.
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