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Samsung Galaxy Gear gets its first custom ROM

Samsung Galaxy Gear gets its first custom ROM
One of the more fun aspects of Android, if you're someone who loves to tinker and mess around with devices, is in the custom ROM sphere. Custom ROMs can let you do tons of things that the manufacturer of your device never intended, or even things that Google never intended when building Android. We knew it was coming, and now the first custom ROM for the Samsung Galaxy Gear has been released.

The ROM is named Null, and it is a fully deodexed and rooted ROM with superuser access and lots of interesting features. It basically gives you a version of stock Android along with Nova Launcher and other goodies. But the two best features of the ROM: 1) Bluetooth tethering, meaning it will work with any device, not just Samsung Galaxy phones; and, 2) access to the Google Play Store. 

Additionally, Null offers a native email client, calendar and contact syncing, the browser and gallery app from CyanogenMod 10.2, MTP support, a weather widget, live wallpaper support, and more. There are obviously some things that don't work, bugs, and missing features; but, like most custom ROMs it is a work in progress. No word on what kind of battery life you should expect, but we wouldn't expect too much at first. Still, it would be a fun thing to play around with.

Samsung Galaxy Gear gets its first custom ROM

source: XDA via Droid Life

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posted on 19 Nov 2013, 20:06 1

1. andydroid (Posts: 14; Member since: 01 Jun 2012)


haha ):D pics without sound!

posted on 20 Nov 2013, 07:28

16. rihel_95 (Posts: 216; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)


Can the custom rom take more than 15 sec video?? or capture without making a sound??

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 08:28

17. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4030; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


YES it can. Go to the XDA thread. lol

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 20:18 17

2. DaHarder (Posts: 160; Member since: 10 Oct 2009)


Like it or not... The Galaxy Gear represents the next step for mobile communication devices and now that the 'hacker' community is embracing it as a platform, things can only get much more exciting.

Let's see what kind of 'copying' certain other companies will attempt as they jump in (unfashionably) late to the wearable electronics party with some locked-down, same old tired mobile OS, easily damaged aluminum-clad trinket in a slightly different package.

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 21:14 1

6. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 933; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


Yes, maybe they can copy the success of the Gear, too. 50k in two months? An iWatch would do that in a day.

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 21:19 5

7. Fruitpoop (Posts: 34; Member since: 27 Dec 2012)


800k in two months
http://www.phonearena.com/news/Samsung-moved-800000-Galaxy-Gears-in-two-months-says-its-the-most-sold-wearable-watch-in-the-market_id49488

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 21:58

8. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 933; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


That's "sell in," as in "to retailers." Analysts and Korean newspaper Yonhap estimate actual sales to customers at around 50k, with Best Buy and other retailers saying they have a 30+% return rate. Even Samsung confirmed that the 800k was "sell in," not "sell through."

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 23:28

10. dali13gr (Posts: 3; Member since: 19 Nov 2013)


Of course, it comes as a gift with every Note 3 in many countries...

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 22:00 5

9. tedkord (Posts: 4751; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


50,000 in tiny South Korea by itself . 800,000 world wide.

posted on 20 Nov 2013, 04:36

15. blading (Posts: 2; Member since: 19 Nov 2013)


+1 for you.

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posted on 19 Nov 2013, 20:23 3

3. GeekMovement (Posts: 1501; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


Candy Crush on a smart watch screen? I'd pull my hair out.

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 20:26 3

4. GoBears (Posts: 353; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


Android devs are truly amazing. I wish other platforms were as open because I'd love to see what could be accomplished.

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 21:11 1

5. winter_hat (Posts: 102; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


garbage

posted on 20 Nov 2013, 02:55

11. JakeLee (banned) (Posts: 1021; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)


Custom ROM? Fine.

Every number in the spec list and benchmark results are invalid now.

This include the battery life. Worse now, most probably.

posted on 20 Nov 2013, 03:02

12. PacoBell (Posts: 7; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)


Or better if future developments include a custom kernel with more intelligent CPU governors / undervolting.

posted on 20 Nov 2013, 03:14 1

14. JakeLee (banned) (Posts: 1021; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)


Do you seriously think those hackers measure the power consumption with every single step?
Most probably they don't even have the necessary instruments.

I'd like to share your optimism. I really do.

posted on 20 Nov 2013, 03:05

13. taikucing (unregistered)


But how do I text my contact from this small screen device? Anyway, this thing is so expensive.

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