Earlier this month, we talked about how the original Samsung Galaxy Gear would receive an OS switch from Android to Tizen at some point in its lifespan. This wasn’t too much of a surprise, given how the Galaxy Gear 2 was launched running Tizen and presumably Samsung would want all of its wearables running the same OS for application compatibility. Now, that update is finally here, and the new firmware is finally making its way to consumer devices.
As we saw in the OS demo earlier this month, Tizen brings several new features such as sleep mode to measure your sleep patterns, a standalone music playback app, exercise mode to track physical activity, an updated clock UI with new wallpapers, and a revamped settings menu. And according to the folks over at Sammobile, it also brings improved performance and battery life, customizable shortcut for tap input, voice commands while in camera mode, and more.
Today’s update comes in at firmware version V700XXUCNE9, and it bumps the device over to Tizen OS 18.104.22.168. The update hasn’t yet begun rolling out just yet, and due to the OS shift’s complexity, it may never come in the form of a standard OTA. However, it is available via Samsung Kies and XDA Senior Member radekklamzynski7 was also kind enough to post a full firmware mirror for those looking to update. However, before you do the swap, be aware that once you go
blTizen, you can’t go back. Some are currently speculating whether reverting with Odin will be possible, but at this time, that’s unknown.
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