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.

source: XDA via Droid Life



1. andydroid

Posts: 14; Member since: Jun 01, 2012

haha ):D pics without sound!

16. rihel_95

Posts: 305; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

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

17. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

YES it can. Go to the XDA thread. lol

2. DaHarder

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 10, 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.

6. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

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

8. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 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."

10. dali13gr

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

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

9. tedkord

Posts: 17417; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

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

15. blading

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

+1 for you. w release with new feature BBM for iPhone and Android apps, get it now here

3. GeekMovement unregistered

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

4. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

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

5. winter_hat

Posts: 110; Member since: Feb 04, 2013


11. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 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.

12. PacoBell

Posts: 7; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

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

14. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 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.

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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