Google did announce that Android Wear, as well as Android Auto and Android TV, will be locked down from third party skins and modifications. Much like Apple’s iOS, the software will act and look just like Google intended it to be. But it might be weird to see an army of Android Wear smartwatches in the future all running the same software and looking the exact same from a software standpoint.
While this is the same case for Samsung’s recently announced Gear Live, powered by Android Wear, Samsung does want to make it their own as much as possible. Executives at Samsung stated that while putting a skin on an Android Wear device is banned by Google (for now), they want to use the open-development kit to create unique services and features to put on their devices.
Right now, the Gear Live only offers different watch faces from its competitors like Motorola and LG, but it will soon integrate more fitness services that utilize the heart rate monitor built into the Gear Live.
The Samsung Gear Live is a symbol to all that Samsung and Google still have a very strong relationship in the tech field and that Samsung doesn’t want to ignore Android. Lately, it looked like Samsung wanted to ditch Android completely when it came to wearables, but after the announcement of the Gear Live at Google I/O, Samsung’s smartwatch might have a broader appeal than ever.
The Gear Live will compete with Motorola’s Moto 360 and LG’s G watch this fall, and the specs are as shown below:
- 1.63” Super AMOLED
- Metal Body
- IP 67 Certified Dust and Water Resistant
- Compass, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Heart Rate Sensor
- Powered by Android Wear Support
- Typical Usage 1~2 days, Low Usage up to 6 days
- Bluetooth 4.0 LE