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Rumor: Samsung’s Android Wear smartwatch to be called Gear Live, specs and release date leaked

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Last updated: June 25th, 2014 at 09:08 UTC+01:00

We recently heard about Samsung preparing to debut its Android Wear smartwatch at Google I/O, Google’s developers conference that kicks in less than 12 hours, and a new leak if offering details on the specs and release date of said smartwatch. According to ALT1040, Samsung’s Android Wear smarwatch will be named Gear Live, and will go up for sale on July 7th. Its specs are expected to include a 1.63-inch Super AMOLED display, 1.2GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, a 300 mAh battery, a heart rate monitor, and Bluetooth 4.0 for connectivity, and the watch is also said to be IP67 certified for water and dust resistance.

The specs indicate that Samsung will simply be rebranding the Gear 2 and replacing the OS with Android Wear, while possibly removing things like the camera, which aren’t supposed to be supported on Google’s wearable operating system yet. However, what doesn’t make sense here is the name of the watch. All the Gear-branded wearables from Samsung are powered by Tizen, and putting the Android Wear smartwatch under the same brand will only serve to confuse users.

Samsung did trademark the name Galaxy Wear recently, so it’s possible the leak isn’t entirely accurate, even though the “Live” part of the watch’s title would be a good way to describe its Google Now-centered functionality, so do take all this information with the proverbial pinch of salt.

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