Samsung Galaxy Gear owners can now switch the OS from Android to Tizen

Samsung Galaxy Gear owners can now switch the OS from Android to Tizen
Starting today, owners of the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch can update their timepiece from Android to Tizen.  Back in February at MWC, Samsung introduced the sequel to its first smartwatch, but instead of having Android power the Samsung Gear 2 and the Samsung Gear 2 Neo, the manufacturer turned to its own Tizen OS. Earlier this month, a video displayed how the Gear would look running the Tizen OS. Keep in mind that if you do update your watch, you will lose everything that is currently on it.

The update is not yet being sent out OTA, which means that you are going to have to sync your Galaxy Gear with your PC and grab the update from Samsung Kies. The update to Tizen will improve the battery life on the watch, enhance the performance of the device, and enhance voice commands for the Galaxy Gear. Installing Tizen on your Galaxy Gear also turns the watch into a stand-alone music player, that will store music on the watch itself.

Most of the software related features found on the Samsung Gear 2 and Samsung Gear 2 Neo will be available on the updated Gear. The only features on the new watches that won't be moving over to your updated Gear are those that are hardware based, such as the heart rate monitor.

source: SamMobile via AndroidandMe

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22 Comments

1. mistertimi

Posts: 77; Member since: May 28, 2014

And why on earth would anyone want Tizen over Android? Sure, a week long experiment would be good.. but Tizen is laggy as hell on Samsung's awful wristwatches lol. Then again.. Android is also laggy on their Smartphones

4. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

A better question would be why would any person get these half baked devices over anything else.

7. mistertimi

Posts: 77; Member since: May 28, 2014

Right on sprockkets. This is what I commented on a TechRadar article earlier today, funnily enough: "I'm an Android man through and through, but I'm almost 100% sure all these Android Wear devices will be fairly average. I'll be going for whatever watch Apple comes out with. they're the only ones who seem to really get what a 1st Generation device should be. After that, they usually do sweet fa with that product for years (macbook pro, air, iphones and ipads might as well still be 1st or 2nd gen). So yeah, iWatch or whatever they call it, and then after a couple years when HTC and Samsung catch up and surpass it, I'll move over"

9. phljcnth

Posts: 548; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

What 'else' are you talking about? Wearables-wise I think the Samsung Gear line is the most capable around.

11. garlic456

Posts: 251; Member since: Dec 24, 2012

I have a Smartwatch (the first one), it's not even half baked. When it is not connected to the phone, the watch is nothing, it doesn't even have standalone "watch" capabilities. There isn't an app even for displaying whatsapp messages, the screen isn't responsive, it is laggy as hell. And it had to go to warranty over 3 times in a short time because of some stupid hardware fails.

14. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

The S5 is one of the most expensive smart phones to produce and Samsung has dumped billions into software development for android.

5. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Android laggy on lowend, and few midrange, but no lags on highend handsets.

17. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

lmaoooo. Tizen is laggy? android is laggy? h*ll yeah millions of devices and no one to complain but you and few haters butthurrt people on the internet. yeah tell me about how your brand is doing. I just wonder who's the failure. lmaooo what a l0ser

2. DaHarder

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 10, 2009

Brilliant little device and now there's the option of which OS to choose. 1) Android for those who want the versatility/hack-a-bility that Android affords. 2) Tizen for those who want better continuity with the newer Samsung GEAR devices. THIS is what offering customers Real Choice looks like... BRAVO Samsung!

6. icyrock1

Posts: 307; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

Eh? This is going to be pushed OTA (meaning eventually all gear one devices will have Tizen instead of android, unless the owner explicitly go through the trouble of denying the OTA update. Likely many times). It's not like there offering you two versions of updates to download (one Tizen, one android).

22. rcolemire

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 04, 2014

Tizen isn't much of a choice. I ran it side by side with my friends watch, he has Tizen, I have a rooted Android running Null ROM, overclocked, etc. I had better response time, better battery life, and could do more with my watch than he could. Tizen also has a VERY limited following at the moment, therefore apps, custom ROM's, etc will be a long time coming. Yes, Samsung released a smartphone running Tizen, but it's app store is about a page long, and if you read through the web, it's going to be a while before people jump over there to start developing. Other than that, to the haters further up on the page, i'm sorry you have such poor taste in gear and OS's because Samsung has been hitting it out of the park. If you don't like the stock stuff, dump it and go custom, i'll put my Note 3, Note 2, S5, S4, S3, or even my Google Nexus One up against anything you have... and i'd win, and you'd switch. ;-) LoL

3. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Excellent just got perfect. Kudos Samsung.

8. phljcnth

Posts: 548; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I just updated mine manually via Odin and I gotta tell you all my issues with the device when it was on Android are gone after the update. I notice it's a lot snappier especially the Media Controller app. I've always wanted a standalone music player on it and I'm glad I got it in the update. It's got a bunch of watch styles too, now I can change my watch face everyday haha. The name also has been changed to Samsung Gear (no 'Galaxy' branding anymore). I am yet to keep track with the difference in the battery life though. I don't think I have any regret going for Tizen with the Gear. Good job Samsung!

19. oscar136

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 01, 2014

Anyway you could give step by step on install

20. oscar136

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 01, 2014

You can disregard as I was able to update via Odin

10. ph00ny

Posts: 1976; Member since: May 26, 2011

I guess everyone that's questioning Tizen over Android, it's a more efficient OS especially critical in a small battery low powered device like smartwatch

21. tonygross

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

I read on another forum that battery life is worse with Tizen

12. Zeeya

Posts: 331; Member since: Mar 17, 2013

why does anybody need a "smart"watch?

13. bestmvno

Posts: 251; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

Because it's easier to check basic notifications and messages on a watch as opposed to pulling a phone out of your pocket. Furthermore, if you are an athlete such as a runner, biker, rower, etc it's much easier to keep track of your time/speeds by looking at your watch as opposed to having a phone strapped around your arm.

15. maxmppower unregistered

The first to are Trolls...that's all.

16. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Reason I keep buying Samsung hardware. Keep up the good work, Samsung!

18. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

My dad updated his gear for his Note 3 and it truly shows a big difference. another job well done Samsung.

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