As Google unveiled Android wear officially, Samsung took the chance to also unveil its new Smartwatch running Android wear. Android wear is a customised Android version specifically made for smartwatches and other wearables. Dubbed the Samsung Gear Live, the Smartwatch is among the first ones in the world to be powered by Android wear. This Smartwatch is meant to give you useful information whenever you need it.
“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.”
The Gear live has Samsung’s signature Super AMOLED display that makes it easier for you to see the notifications in incredible colour and screen clarity. This smartwatch is water and dust resistant and comes with a standard 22mm band. This band can be changed depending on the user’s preference and style needs.
The Gear Live also has a built-in heart rate monitor for all you health and fitness needs. This heart rate monitor works seamlessly with multiple fitness apps.
For better functionality, the Gear Live uses the simple and intuitive Android wear experience to show you targeted information and suggestions whenever you need them. It supports voice commands making it easier for you to use it at anytime.
Only devices running Android 4.3 and above will be supported by the Gear Live and it will be available in wine red and black with interchangeable strap options.
Availability is currently on the play store (play.google.com/devices) but will soon expand to all Samsung retail stores.
Other specs of the Gear Live are listed below.
|Display||1.63” Super AMOLED (320 x 320)|
|Processor||1.2 GHz Processor|
|Google Services||Google Now, Google Voice, Google Maps & Navigation, Gmail, Hangouts|
|Notification (SMS, E-mail, etc.)|
|Heart Rate Monitor|
|IP67 Dust and Water Resistant|
|Changeable Strap, Color Options: Black and Wine Red|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth® v4.0 LE|
|Sensor||Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Heart Rate|
Storage: 4GB Internal Memory
|Dimension /Weight||37.9 x 56.4 x 8.9 mm, 59g|
|Battery||Standard Battery, Li-ion 300mAh|