Much rumored, Samsung's Android Wear smartwatch is now official. But much more than that, it's official and available to order later on today from the Google Play Store alongside the previously-announced LG G Watch. The Samsung Gear Live looks much like the recently-released Gear 2, but is of course running Android Wear as its software rather than Samsung's own Tizen.
As for specifications, the Gear Live has a 1.63-inch AMOLED display at 320 x 320 resolution, a 1.2GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, 4GB of storage and a 300mAh battery. It will also come equipped with a heart rate monitor, have interchangeable straps (in black and red) and is IP 67 water and dust-resistant. Samsung is claiming "all day" battery life as well.
We'll update as and when we know more, but 'fess up. Who's buying one?
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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