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Samsung announces the Gear Live its first Android Wear smartwatch

By Simon Thomas on 30th June 2014

Gear Live

 

Samsung's first smartwatch powered by Android Wear.

 

Samsung has been making a big push to become a major smartwatch player and so far it’s doing a good job of it. However its most recent devices, such as the Gear 2, run Tizen rather than Android, so we weren’t sure the company would bother with Android Wear.

 

Clearly it has though, as alongside the unveiling of Android Wear itself a new Samsung smartwatch was revealed, the Gear Live.

 

Being powered by Android Wear means that it’s largely a hands free experience. It has a touchscreen when necessary, but most interactions can be achieved by saying ‘Ok Google’ and then asking for directions, or dictating a note or doing any number of other things.

 

It’s a simple, clean interface too, which provides you with the notifications and information you need, when you need it and nothing else, avoiding the clutter which could be the downfall of a device this small.

Gear Live

 The Gear Live has a few features to help it stand out from the crowd too. It uses a Super AMOLED screen for bright, vibrant images, it has an easily customisable clock face and one-touch wakeup for instant access to the device.

 

It’s also IP67 certified dust and water resistant, so you can wear it almost anywhere without fear of damage and it has a standard 22mm band, so you can change it for one that more fits your style if you prefer.

 

Perhaps its most exciting feature though is a built in heart rate monitor, which is designed to work with various health and fitness apps. One of the biggest features of the Galaxy S5 was its heart rate monitor and it’s an even better fit for a smartwatch.

 

The Gear Live has a 1.63 inch 320 x 320 display, a 1.2GHz processor, 512MB of RAM and a 300 mAh battery. It’s available in black and wine red and can be ordered from Google Play now for £169.

Have you read our Gear 2 Review?

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