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Samsung Gear Live announced as third Android Wear smartwatch

Sam Loveridge


Samsung Gear Live

Google has announced the Samsung Gear Live as the third Android Wear smartwatch, joining the previously announced LG G Watch and Motorola Moto 360.

The Samsung Gear Live, which looks strikingly like the Samsung Gear 2 and Samsung Gear Neo, will run the special wearable version of Android, called Android Wear.

“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 at 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.”

Google announced that the Samsung Gear Live would be available to order today, June 25, on the Google Play Store, but there's no pricing information yet. It will be available in Black and Wine Red with interchangeable strap options though.

The Gear Live features the same 1.63-inch Super AMOLED display with 320 x 320p resolution as the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, but runs on a slightly speedier 1.2GHz processor with 512MB of RAM.

Powered by a 300mAh battery, the Gear Live features Bluetooth 4.0 LE connectivity as well as an accelerometere, gyroscope, compass and the new heart rate monitor.

It also features IP67 water and dust resistant certification, like its Gear siblings.

Although 4GB of internal memory is present, Google explained that any app you have installed on your Android phone will automatically make the wearable portion available on your Android Wear device, meaning you may not need that internal storage.

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