If you are familiar with Xiaomi, you might have heard that they are not the most compliant when it comes to the General Public License that makes the core of Android open to us. The terms of the GPLv2 state that since the Android kernel is based on the Linux kernel, which is licensed under GPL,v2 Android has to be open-source for everyone to study or modify, and those that modify the Android kernel have to make their sources immediately available for...
Got Android Wear? Here’s What Can You Do So Far
The first two Android Wear devices were officially released at this year’s Google I/O keynote. And with the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live, Google is breathing new life into the wearables world. As expected, this watch-sized Android version has received a good amount of user and development love in the XDA forums. Let’s see what can already be achieved with just few simple steps.
To try some development goodies, you must first unlock your smartwatch. This is quite easy, and works just like on a Nexus device. You need to enter to fastboot mode and type the magical fastboot oem unlock command. After that, the doors to the development world are wide open.
If you are an LG G Watch owner, you should set your eyes to Gohma ROM shared by XDA Senior Member hutzdani. This ROM roots your device, improves battery life, and polishes some things here and there. Currently, it’s the only custom ROM available for G Watch, but soon we should see more custom ROMs coming to this small, but amazing device.
If you decided to go with the Samsung Gear Live, you don’t have quite as much development luck as G Watch owners. The device hasn’t yet been rooted, but there is a rooting thread by XDA Recognized Developer Childofthehorn with some technical information and a system dump. Hopefully, the device will be rooted soon, so that we can see more custom kernels and ROMs on the wrists of XDA members.
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