Change of heart: Update switches Samsung's Galaxy Gear from Android to Tizen

Change of heart: Update switches Samsung's Galaxy Gear from Android to Tizen
Two weeks ago, we heard that Samsung is about to roll a substantial update to its first smartwatch, the Galaxy Gear. It was said that the update will change the very operating system of the wearable – after the update, the Galaxy Gear was to run on Samsung's homebrewed Tizen OS instead of Android.

Indeed, the update has just started rolling out and apart from the substitution of the OS, it also brings a number of brand new features to the Galaxy Gear, which brings the latter almost on par with the newer Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo. Some of the more notable new additions are Sleep mode, which keeps tabs on your sleep patterns, Exercise mode, which tracks your workouts, a standalone music player, and voice commands for the camera of the Galaxy Gear.

Additionally, the update enables users to change the wallpaper of the wearable, adjust the style of its font, and customize the double tap shortcut. What's more, it is said that both the battery life and the performance of the wearable get improved, too.

The update is rolling out over Samsung's Kies companion suite. At the moment, it's unclear if it will also arrive over-the-air, but if it does, you will be able to update your Galaxy Gear directly from your paired device thanks to the Gear Manager app.

source: SamMobile



1. D.Aceveda

Posts: 432; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

Horrible idea

3. phljcnth

Posts: 556; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

-Tizen is less power-hungry so the Galaxy Gear will likely to last longer then -Tizen is lighter than the Android (not Android Wear) running on it so there should be performance boost -Additional stock apps -Galaxy Gear owners won't feel left-out anymore for buying a 'beta' device Okay that's horrible indeed. Horrible.

5. D.Aceveda

Posts: 432; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

Exactly. Horrible

6. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1175; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Do yourself a favor, don't argue with an idiot, they will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience. I agree with you,this makes far more sense, I'm glad Samsung did this as wearables I personally believe their SW should be completely in-house built, so as not to give them a competitive advantage in terms of speed of FW updates and long term support.

9. D.Aceveda

Posts: 432; Member since: Jun 30, 2012


8. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Tizen does have a number of advantages, but it also requires developers to learn a new platform. As Samsung is effectively keeping Gear closed to developers, this doesn't matter much for now.

2. rjmlive

Posts: 74; Member since: Apr 07, 2012

Unfortunately nothing changes from the Google services it connects to. It would be nice to see if this means that Samsung can latch onto Microsoft services with this kind of move. I would like to see Tizen be a relevant option, free of Google control, sooner than later.

4. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

But you want microsoft better be under google...

7. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Or better yet -- a flexible set of open APIs that support any service provider. Going with Microsoft is like choosing pancreatic cancer vs. Google's brain cancer.

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