Will Verduzco · Jul 24, 2014 at 09:30 pm

Samsung Gear Live Stock Firmware Image Pulled, Temp Root

Just yesterday, XDA Recognized Developer and TV Producer AdamOutler tore apart the Samsung Gear Live in his latest XDA Unboxing episode. During the video, Adam talked about a few development-related issues that currently facing Samsung’s first Android Wear offering. And for those who don’t remember, one of the issues that was brought up was how there were no OEM-provided stock firmware images to restore to, in the event that something goes wrong while hacking the device.

Well, after many hours of work, Adam (with help from Senior Recognized Developer Dees_Troy) was able to straighten out this situation. To do this, Dees_Troy first had to create a root-enabled bootable image that would give full ADB access and temporary root. Once that was accomplished, Adam was able to pull the stock firmware and EFS data. Adam then proceeded to upload the stock image to his CASUAL server.

In case you missed it when skimming the above, this was made possible thanks to the first ever custom kernel for the device. This kernel, which is also available in Adam’s thread, can be loaded via fastboot boot for temporary root. It allows for you to pull and modify the /system partition, as well as run root-enabled apps. However, as stated above, this is only temporary root for now. As such, rebooting will take you back to the standard, unrooted boot image.

If you’ve got a Samsung Gear Live and you either want temp root or want to download the stock firmware in case anything goes wrong, head over to the Gear Live stock firmware and temp root thread and download away!


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willverduzco is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Will Verduzco is the Portal Administrator for the XDA-Developers Portal. He has been addicted to mobile technology since the HTC Wizard. But starting with the Nexus One, his gadget love affair shifted to Google's little green robot. He is also a Johns Hopkins University graduate in neuroscience and is now currently studying to become a physician. View willverduzco's posts and articles here.
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