Samsung Gear Live discontinued, new Android Wear offering inbound?
The original Android Wear smartwatch, the Samsung Gear Live, has been discontinued less than a year after launch, hinting that a new Sammy wearable could be on its way.
Having helped launch the Android Wear platform last summer alongside the LG G Watch, the Gear Live remains Samsung’s one and only Google-powered smartwatch.
The company’s other wearables, such as the oversized Gear S and sports-focussed Gear Fit, are all powered by the firm’s own-brand Tizen OS.
Having received little backing or marketing push from the Korean giant, the Gear Live has now been stripped from the Google Play Store.
Although still available through third-party retailers such as Amazon, it has been reported (via SamMobile) that once existing stocks are depleted, the Moto 360 challenger will slowly drift into being nothing more than a distant memory.
This might not be the end for Samsung’s Android Wear push, however. With Google I/O 2015 just a matter of weeks away, the Gear Live’s canning could pave the way for a new Android Wear offering from the Galaxy S6 maker.
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Earlier this week it emerged that Samsung is working on a round-faced smartwatch with a rotating bezel, the company’s answer to the Apple Watch and its digital crown.
It is currently unclear if this is the product heading for a potential I/O unveiling on May 28, or whether Samsung has further wrist-based products up its sleeve.