The Samsung Galaxy Gear can run full Android apps

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



1. Dorothy69

Posts: 498; Member since: May 21, 2013

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

2. rawbow

Posts: 428; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

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

4. AwesomestMaximuss

Posts: 148; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

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

7. Kitkat_4.4

Posts: 74; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Game of Thrones and breaking bad , yes. :D

12. imMature

Posts: 87; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

Agent of Shield is full of cliches.

16. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Archer and Always Sunny for me.

23. Gdrye

Posts: 111; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

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

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31328; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Walking dead

9. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

Now we're talking. +1

13. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012


15. Dorothy69

Posts: 498; Member since: May 21, 2013

Are you in that one???

20. saffant

Posts: 274; Member since: Jul 04, 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.

22. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

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

3. AwesomestMaximuss

Posts: 148; Member since: Jul 09, 2013


5. Bootutu

Posts: 228; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

And it got bad review...smh!

6. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

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

10. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

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

11. Navaid

Posts: 46; Member since: Sep 05, 2013

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

14. voxmarc

Posts: 339; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

this is when a watch is called smartwatch.

17. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 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.

21. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

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

26. Pottsy

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

After this video, I did buy one! :)

18. julz17ronald

Posts: 52; Member since: Apr 26, 2013

great !

19. Andrewtst

Posts: 696; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

24. jr217

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

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

25. Pottsy

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 23, 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​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!

27. matthew1980

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

cant work out how i do this ?? help

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