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The Samsung Galaxy Gear can run full Android apps

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The Samsung Galaxy Gear can run full Android apps
The Samsung Galaxy Gear has had a rocky reaction from users and tech reviewers as a consumer device, but it looks like the Gear could have a pretty impressive second life as a hacker's device. While you may not see it with the custom UI, the Gear is actually running full Android 4.2.2 albeit on pretty low-powered hardware. Still, it seems like with just a little bit of work, you can sideload full Android apps onto the device.

Obviously, there are limitations to what the Gear can do since it is has just a 1.6-inch screen, 800MHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, and no native data connection. But, it looks like it is very easy to turn on USB debugging, which will then allow you to use ADB to sideload apps on the device. Ron Amadeo over at Ars Technica was able to get apps running, play a game of Candy Crush, listen to music with the device's built-in speakers, and even watch some video. 

None of these things are really ideal functions of the device, but this is really just about the potential of the Gear. The device hasn't yet been rooted, but that seems to be on the way, and after that there could be some pretty interesting things happening with the Gear. Also it should be mentioned that the tiny battery in the Gear probably won't last too long with some of these more advanced apps running.

*WARNING* The video below does include scenes from the last episode of Breaking Bad, and contains small SPOILERS. So if you don't want to see that, just stop the video at the 2-minute mark, and you'll be fine. 


source: Ars Technica

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posted on 09 Oct 2013, 18:22 7

1. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)


What's Breaking Bad?? I'll dl the video anyway.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 18:27 9

2. rawbow (Posts: 427; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


its the best sh!t you'll ever have the privilege of watching on tv

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 18:30

4. AwesomestMaximuss (Posts: 116; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


IMHO That title should go to Agents of Shield or Sleepy Hollow or maybe Game of thrones...

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 18:52 2

7. Kitkat_4.4 (Posts: 74; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


Game of Thrones and breaking bad , yes. :D

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 20:24

12. imMature (Posts: 82; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)


Agent of Shield is full of cliches.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 22:32 1

16. Shatter (Posts: 2024; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Archer and Always Sunny for me.

posted on 10 Oct 2013, 11:47 1

23. Gdrye (Posts: 106; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)


Maybe Game of Thrones?!? hands down Game of Thrones is the best TV show i have ever lived to see

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 19:19 9

8. darkkjedii (Posts: 11273; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Walking dead

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 19:39 1

9. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


Now we're talking. +1

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 20:53

13. PapaSmurf (limited) (Posts: 8300; Member since: 14 May 2012)


+100!

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 21:33

15. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)


Are you in that one???

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 23:48 1

20. saffant (Posts: 219; Member since: 04 Jul 2011)


Walking Dead Season 1 was awesome. Season 2 was boring, and season 3 became more about the politics than zombies.

Breaking Bad and Game Of Thrones still king.

posted on 10 Oct 2013, 08:30 1

22. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4016; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


You wish. Breaking Bad is good but BOTH the Walking Dead & Game of Thrones out class it by a wide margin.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 18:28 1

3. AwesomestMaximuss (Posts: 116; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


Awesome...

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 18:31 1

5. Bootutu (Posts: 187; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


And it got bad review...smh!

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 18:32 1

6. apple4never (Posts: 947; Member since: 08 May 2013)


angry birds in class !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 19:43

10. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


Insane. The potential is there so I hope Samsung does well with this and continues to improve it.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 20:22 1

11. Navaid (Posts: 46; Member since: 05 Sep 2013)


Device is screaming ' I'm Samsunggggg, I can be anyyy thinggg..!! ' XD

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 21:14 3

14. voxmarc (Posts: 299; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)


this is when a watch is called smartwatch.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 22:33 2

17. Shatter (Posts: 2024; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Hopefully Samsung acknowledges they limit the device true potential and allow you to run actual apps without a sideload on it after an update.

posted on 10 Oct 2013, 00:51 2

21. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 859; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


It's only after I saw this video that I am actually tempted to buy one.

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 23:12 1

26. Pottsy (Posts: 2; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)


After this video, I did buy one! :)

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 22:49

18. julz17ronald (Posts: 45; Member since: 26 Apr 2013)


great !

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 23:27 1

19. Andrewtst (Posts: 316; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


It work perfectly. :)

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5460/10180239345_9ff8a83ee5_b_d.jpg

posted on 10 Oct 2013, 19:59

24. jr217 (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)


Can you do this on a Mac and if so how?

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 23:12

25. Pottsy (Posts: 2; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)


Because of this video, I bought the gear today! Awesome.
Oh and internet access on the galaxy gear? Check out this:
Look up on Play Store app (free) "Bluetooth Auto Tethering" by refluxa
play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.refluxa.a​ndroid.bac&hl=en

Haven't tested it yet. But I'm pretty sure the gear connects to your note 3 via bluetooth, so tethering through bluetooth may disconnect your gear's connection to your phone, but will give you internet access through the phones bluetooth? Can someone please test.

I'm waiting for my gear to arrive in the mail within the next 12 days! It's going to feel like forever!

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 05:38

27. matthew1980 (Posts: 1; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)


cant work out how i do this ?? help

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