Here's Your First Look At Samsung's New Smartwatch

The first devices running Google’s new operating system for smartwatches, Android Wear, launch this summer.

Samsung gave us quick look at its first Android Wear Device, the Gear Live. The Gear Live is very similar is design as the company’s other smartwatch, the Gear 2, which runs a different operating system called Tizen. But unlike that watch, the Gear Live will work with any Android phone, not just Samsung phones.

The Gear Live is available very soon directly from Google. It costs $US200. You can see what it looks like in the gallery below.

The Android Wear software is the same on all smartwatches. Here's Android Wear running on the Samsung Gear Live. It can show you incoming notifications like text messages and phone calls.

The default band has a rubbery feel. You can swap it out with any standard watch band.

It tracks your steps with a built in pedometer.

It's a lot thicker and heavier than your standard watch.

Samsung says the Gear Live lasts about a day on one charge.

It can also monitor your heart rate. However, the demo unit we tested didn't have that function turned on.

The screen is nice and sharp. It's basically a mini smartphone.

The watch uses virtual 'cards' to display information and updates.

You can change the main screen to display different watch faces. This one has a classic look.

That's it for now! We'll have a full review of the Samsung Gear Live and Android Wear in a few days.

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