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Samsung Gear Live unveiled as latest Android Wear smartwatch

Matt Hamblen | June 26, 2014
Developers at Google I/O receive free smartwatches, urged to build more wearable apps.

Apple recently announced that iOS 8 coming this fall will support a new Health app with a dashboard for all a user's fitness data as well as HealthKit, a developer software tool. Google Fit is expected to compete with Apple's approach.

In addition to Android Wear, the Android name was given to a new Google service called Android TV, which will be available through a set-top box or as part of a TV later this year, according to a blog posted after the keynote by Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Android, Chrome and Apps. With the system, users can stream content from their smartphones and tablets to their TVs.

During the keynote, an Android smartphone was used to control programming on a TV displayed on stage. Pichai said Android TV will also respond to voice search to find live TV, a movie or a music video. Android games on a smartphone can be played on Android TV, which supports Google Cast technology.

Google also announced that its Chromecast device, introduced last summer, will get an update to allow visitors to cast content from their devices to a homeowner's TV without the need to be on the same Wi-Fi network in the home.

 

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