Customize the Icons and Add New Fonts on Your Samsung Gear 2

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The Gear 2 is one of the many Samsung wearable devices released in 2014, and it builds on the first generation Galaxy Gear that came out last year. Specifications aside, the Gear 2 came with some relatively decent customization options out of the box such as changeable watch straps, clocks, wallpapers, and fonts. But for Android users, this is most certainly not enough to satisfy our (perhaps conditioned) need for greater customization and flexibility. This is exactly why XDA Forum Member renbren wrote a tutorial that teaches folks how to modify the Gear 2’s icons and insert new fonts of your own.

Tizen IDE, a rooted Gear 2, and a way of mounting the filesystem are pretty much the only requirements needed for you to complete the process. And once those prerequisites are taken care of, the procedure is relatively simple and straightforward–essentially consisting of connecting your Gear 2 to your PC, navigating the device’s directories with Tizen IDE, and replacing the existing PNG and font files with the ones you want.

It should be noted that the scaling and icon sizing on the Gear 2’s screen has not been completely figured out, so the size of icons that appear on the screen may be unpredictable. However, those who would like to give this a go can do so by visiting the Gear 2 icon and font customization thread.


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