Samsung announces Gear Live Android Wear smartwatch

Samsung has announced the Gear Live, a new smartwatch which runs Google’s Android Wear operating system.

The smartwatch was announced during Google’s I/O developer event and will be available in the UK from 25 June. The Gear Live will be sold alongside the LG G Watch and, later this year, the Motorola Moto 360 as the first Android Wear devices.

The Gear Live has a 1.63-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 320 x 320 and is powered by a 1.2GHz processor. The watch contains a heart rate monitor and is water and dust resistant, just like the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, Samsung’s Tizen-powered smartwatches. Inside, there’s 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage. The watch weighs 59g and is 8.9mm thick.

Samsung is selling the Gear Live in black and ‘wine red’, but the strap can be exchanged for one of a different colour.

“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."

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