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GOOGLE OUTED the Android Wear-powered Samsung Gear Live smartwatch during its I/O press conference on Wednesday, and it is now available to pre-order in the UK.
Over on the Google Play store, the Samsung Gear Live can be picked up for £169, and will start shipping on 7 July. LG's similarly-specced G Watch is also available to buy priced at £159, ahead of its release on 4 July. Both watches are also available to order in the US, priced at $199 and $229, respectively.
We already knew that Samsung was planning to release an Android Wear smartwatch, and Google confirmed that during its developer conference on Wednesday with the unveiling of the Samsung Gear Live.
While Google didn't cough on the Gear Live's specifications, Samsung since has, revealing that the smartwatch will come with a 1.63in 320x320 screen, a 1.2GHz processor, IP67 certification, a baked-in hear rate monitor and 4GB internal storage, meaning buyers will find a similar hardware set up to the Samsung Gear 2.
Google did reveal some more details about its Android Wear operating system, however. The firm gave us a glimpse at the user interface (UI), which makes use of the cross-platform Material Design language introduced in Android L.
The interface is predominantly card based, and users can swipe through these 'floating' boxes to see their latest notifications. Cards can be swiped away, much like on Android, or users can swipe horizontally across it to see more details.
Android Wear also comes with an Apple-style 'do not disturb' feature allowing users to disable notifications for a certain time by swiping down from the top of the display, and will sync app downloads with users' Android smartphones.
Google also said that it is working on making popular apps Android Wear compatible, such as Hangouts and Pintrest, and announced that the full SDK will be made available to developers today.
As well as the Samsung Gear Live, Google announced that the LG G Watch will also be available to buy from Google Play today. The Moto 360, however, won't be available until the summer, news that was met with boos from I/O conference attendees. µ
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