With wearables being the major topic of discussion at Google I/O 2014, seemed like the perfect opportunity for Samsung to reveal its upcoming Android Wear device: the Gear Live. Sporting a big, bright display dominated by a chrome design and big rubbery band—the Gear Live certainly looks and performs better than the company’s flagship Gear 2 smartwatch. The only difference(s) between the two devices is the heart-rate monitor and pins located at the bottom for wireless charging.
The screen is measured at 1.63 inches, while the device runs on a more polished version of Android Wear software, rather than the Gear 2’s Tizen OS. Talk about a blessing in disguise. While “retail mode” was the only mode made available for attendees, it’s being said the Gear Live’s responsiveness is on point, registering swipes and taps accurately. Google Now also seems to be on point.
Samsung’s made the Gear Live available for pre-order today, marking the smartwatch at $200 with a shipping date of July 7th.