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Samsung Gear Live launched at Google I/O

Samsung, announced as the third Android Wear partner, brought their smartwatch offering to the party as well. Here's a look at the Samsung Gear Live!
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June 25, 2014
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While we knew that the LG G Watch and the Moto 360 would be showcased at this year’s Google I/O, it was only over the last week or so that reports started to come in about Samsung’s plans to debut a new Wear-powered watch as well. Now it’s official, Google unveiled the Gear Live today during the I/O keynote, even announcing that folks would be able to take either the LG G Watch or Samsung Gear Live home for free.

As a previous report suggested the Samsung Gear Live is essentially a Gear 2 Neo, with the major difference being that Android Wear takes the place of Tizen OS. That means the same 1.2GHz processor and 1.63-inch AMOLED display. Here’s the full-run down, as per Samsung’s press release:

  • Display: 1.63-inch Super AMOLED, 320 x 320 pixels
  • Processor: 1.2 GHz
  • RAM: 512 MB
  • Storage: 4GB
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0
  • Dimensions: 37.9 x 56.4 x 8.9 mm, 59 grams
  • Battery: 300 mAh
  • Ingress protection: IP67
  • Features: heart rate monitor
  • Changeable Strap, Color Options: Black and Wine Red

As far as software is concerned, you get the same overall experience as other members of the Wear family, meaning a rich voice-driven experience with notifications at front center. You’ll also have access to various apps, thanks to the Google Wear SDK.

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.

For more details on the Android Wear platform, check out our official announcement post.

Expected availability

The Gear Live is expected to be available starting today through the Google Play store, though the Android Wear listing isn’t live just yet. As for the price? Samsung didn’t specify, though we imagine it will cost similarly to the Neo, which is just $199.

Stay tuned with Android Authority as we continue to bring you more great coverage from Google I/O 2014 and more about the Android Wear program!