Google announces Samsung Gear Live Android Wear smartwatch

Google announces Samsung Gear Live Android Wear smartwatch

Alongside announcing Android One, Google announced Samsung Gear Live smartwatch at its I/O 2014 developer conference in San Francisco. Samsung Gear Live is the company’s first smartwatch that runs on Google’s Android Wear platform. The smartwatch will be available for order on Google Play Store later today.

Samsung Gear Live

Samsung Gear Live announced at Google I/O 2014

Being running on Android Wear platform, the Gear Live provides pre-installed Google apps such as Gmail and Google Maps. Additionally, there is Google Now integration to give personal assistance on-the-go.

Google has not revealed the specifications at the conference, however, recent rumours leaked some details to give a glimpse of the smartwatch. The rumours suggest that the Gear Live has 1.63-inch Super AMOLED display, 1.2GHz processor along with 512MB of RAM, 4GB internal storage, Bluetooth 4.0 and 300mAh battery. Furthermore, the smartwatch is said to have IP67 certification and feature a heart rate sensor for fitness tracking.

Apart from Samsung Gear Live, Google showcased LG G Watch and Motorola Moto 360 smartwatches at the I/O 2014. While LG G Watch will also be available for order later today, Motorola Moto 360 will be available later this year.

Google has released Android Wear SDK (System Development Kit) for developers to start developing new apps for the new range of smartwatches. The SDK will be available starting today and will come with all the necessary tools to enable easy development of apps on Android Wear.

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