South Korean giant Samsung which is currently the inevitable player in the wearable segment has launched its first ever smartwatch running on Google's Android Wear platform. Google took the curtains off the Samsung Gear Live during the keynote session of the Google I/O developer conference in San Francisco.
The Gear Live will go on sale later today, from the Google Play store. Alongside the launch of the Gear Live, Google officially announced the retail availability of previously-unveiled LG G Watch - the newest wearable device will also be available starting today. The Moto 360, which has been in the news for its unique circular design, will be made available in the summer. Unfortunately, Google hasn't announced the specifications and retail pricing of both Gear Live and the G Watch.
While it had been said end numbers of times in the past that Google would officially make an announcement related to the LG G Watch. However, Samsung's news came as a surprise to many, because the top handset manufacturer launched its Tizen OS-powered Gear 2 at this year's Mobile World Congress (MWC).
In fact a few days back sources close to CNET revealed that Samsung might unveil its long speculated smart watch running on Android Wear at the first day of Google I/O 2014. Even till now the Samsung Gear Live's specifications have been kept under wraps. Originally tipped to go on sale on July 7, Google has confirmed the Gear Live will be available from the Play Store starting today (at least in the US).
Just hours before the Google I/O 2014, a source leaked the Gear Live specifications to Spanish site alt1040.com. According to the site, the Samsung-made Gear Live will feature a 1.63-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 320 x 320 pixels. It will be powered by a 1.2GHz processor coupled with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of on-board memory. Other highlighted features of the Gear Live are as follows: IP67 certified (water proof and dust resistant), a 300mAh battery and Bluetooth 4.0, amongst others.
Google originally launched a developer preview of its Android Wear platform earlier in the year, and now the software giant is releasing the full version today. Basically, the Android Wear platform is designed to work closely with Android smartphones, while responding to voice commands from users and showing notifications from apps.
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