Samsung Gear Live no longer available on Google Store as Tizen-powered smartwatches loom near


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The Samsung Gear Live was Samsung’s first Android Wear powered device, and nearly a year after it first made its debut at Google I/O, the smartwatch can no longer be found on the Google Store. Before the Gear Live, Samsung was exclusively using their own in-house Tizen operating system to power inject their watches with some smarts.

With the Samsung Gear Live being their first and only Android Wear powered smartwatch, we can’t help but wonder if Samsung could move to relying only on Tizen for their smartwatch needs. Earlier this week new details of a circular shaped Samsung Gear A were revealed thanks to Samsung’s Gear SDK.

Samsung definitely has more than enough funds to continue throwing noodles at the wall to see what sticks, especially with wearables being so new to the market. But with the exception of the Moto 360, last year’s Android Wear powered smartwatches didn’t really pull in the sales many had hoped.

It wasn’t too long ago the LG G Watch was officially discontinued, so it’s entirely possible these first gen Android Wear watches are simply being phased out in favor of new models on the horizon. Guess we’ll have to wait and see.

[Google Store]

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. Samsung is slowly betraying Google. Samsung = Apple 0.5 beta

    1. This is a case of an OEM trying to break free of the shackles of its software/service provider overlord. Of course Samsung will fail because at the end of the day they are dumb, have nothing to offer that is unique and do not have a tangible fan base. Samsung have never kick started a new industry – they are always an entrant into an existing market and as such have no brand that can truely stand on its own.

      1. Are you talking about Samsung, the South Korean company?

        1. No, he’s talking about Sam Sung, the musical.

      2. What they’ve done has worked so far, but it’s not going to work forever. They’re just hedging their bets. They’ll come back to the trough once they figure out that they messed up.

    2. You’re giving Samsung too much creditSamsung = Apple 0.5 beta

  2. That’s a shame. I got mine on day one and still feel no desire to upgrade. It’s quite nice actually. I still recommend the Gear Live as a viable Android Wear option for some people.

    Hopefully they are phasing it out for an updated version, otherwise I see no need to discontinue this watch.

  3. Really good looking. I tried to get one twice but both were defective (software). Samsung does tend to push out products before they can really be done at a quality level. I just returned 2 4k monitors in a row from one store. It would have beena really nice one at a good price too if it had a picture.

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