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Samsung may have just dropped Android Wear for good

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At Google I/O 2014, Samsung announced its first smartwatch running the Android Wear platform – the Gear Live.

Less than a year later it has been dropped from the Google Play Store (opens in new tab), possibly at the request of Samsung, suggesting the manufacturer has given up on the Gear Live and maybe even the entire Android Wear platform.

Samsung had previously released the Galaxy Gear and the Gear 2 smartwatches which both run the in-house produced Tizen OS instead of Android Wear.

In fact, Samsung has released six smartwatches over the past two and a bit years and five of them have been running some form of Tizen OS.

Missing in action

We've reached out to Samsung for comment on why the Gear Live has gone AWOL but there has yet to be a response.

Dropping the Gear Live less than a year after release seems like the manufacturer is admitting defeat in the Android Wear game and breaking out the Tizen masterplan again for the future.

Samsung hasn't announced a smartwatch since August 2014 – quite a long break considering we saw five last year – so we wouldn't be too surprised if we were to see a new Tizen based addition quite soon.

If you're in the market for a smartwatch you'll still find the LG Watch Urbane, Moto 360 and ASUS ZenWatch on the Google Play Store (opens in new tab) ready and waiting for a loving home.

Via Phandroid

James is Senior Phones Editor for TechRadar, and he has covered smartphones and the mobile space for the best part of a decade bringing you news on all the big announcements from top manufacturers making mobile phones and other portable gadgets. James is often testing out and reviewing the latest and greatest mobile phones, smartwatches, tablets, virtual reality headsets, fitness trackers and more. He's currently most excited about the Samsung Galaxy S22, God of War: Ragnarok and the rumored foldable iPhone.