September 6, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
We’ve showed you how to Factory Reset your Samsung Gear Live Smartwatch. We’ve showed you how to use the Samsung Gear Live Super Tool and we’ve shown you how to root the LG G Watch. Now we are going to show you how to install TWRP customer recovery on your Android Wear device.
In today’s videos, XDA Developer TV newcomer and XDA Recognized Contributor RootJunky, shows off how to install TWRP on the Samsung Gear Live. This process works on the LG G Watch as well. So if you wanted to install a custom Recovery on your Android Wear device, check out this video.
In this episode, XDA Developer TV Producer RootJunky Tom shows you how to root and unlock the bootloader on your LG G Watch. The LG G Watch is LG’s first Android Wear device. Besides the Samsung Gear Live, this is the only currently available Android Wear device. So as is usual at XDA, we must root all the things, and the LG G Watch is no exception!
Tom presents step-by-step instructions on how to gain root access on your LG G Watch using tools from the XDA Developers Forums. The process is painless and straight forward. This video shows you how to unlock the bootloader as well. So if you wanted to root your LG G Watch, take a moment and check this video out.
A few months ago, we talked about MacroDroid. For those who don’t remember, MacroDroid is a quite handy application that brings device automation to the next level. MacroDroid makes use of various device sensors to determine many variables such as location, speed, and many others. If you like so see it in action, watch TK’s review on XDA TV.
Applications like MacroDroid, Tasker and Llama are extremely popular among XDA users, but none of them has been available for the fairly new breed of Android Wear smartwatch devices. Well, this unfortunate situation has changed thanks to XDA Forum Member UndeadCretin, who issued an update to MacroDroid. This update is pretty big and brings lots of new functions like:
These amazing Android Wear-powered devices like the LG G Watch, Samsung Gear Live, and the upcoming Motorola Moto 360 will be able to benefit from various new functions that have been introduced with this update. If your wrist is armed with one of the first generation of Android Wear watches, don’t hesitate to slap MacroDroid onto it. You can get the updated application by visiting the MacroDroid application thread. You can read more about the update by visiting the official MacroDroid blog.
July 26, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Over the past week or so, we’ve talked quite a bit about the first two Android Wear-powered smartwatches, the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live. Last night, we saw a great toolkit for G Watch owners. And just one day before, temp root was achieved on the Gear Live and its restore images were pulled.
Now, the development community has reached the next major milestone thanks to custom recoveries for both devices. The custom recoveries for both devices come in the form of the highly versatile and feature packed TWRP recovery. These images are thanks to TWRP project leader, XDA Senior Recognized Developer Dees_Troy. And as can be expected from official TWRP releases, the recovery images seem to work great for those who’ve flashed them.
Currently, there’s not terribly much that you can do once you have these images installed. There are no custom ROMs available yet for the Gear Live, and there is just one available for the G Watch in its Android Dev section. However, having TWRP lets you create Nandroid backups, as well as be ready to flash future development work when it appears.
[Many thanks to KidCarter93 and AdamOutler for the tips!]
The LG G Watch is one of the first two devices hitting the market rocking the highly anticipated Android Wear OS. Naturally, many folks have snatched one up to get a taste of what Google’s take on wearables would be like. And so if you’re one of these people, and especially if you’re a new owner of the G Watch, what better way to kick things off than with LG G Watch Tool?
Developed by XDA Recognized Developer Tomsgt, LG G Watch Tool is a toolkit which prepares your G Watch for aftermarket development and modification with a host of useful functions. This includes:
The toolkit is compatible with PCs running Windows, Linux and iOS, and Tomsgt has also provided a handy video tutorial for those who may be trying this out for the first time. Also, for those who may have a slow internet connection or very limited bandwidth, it should be noted that the toolkit is quite large in size, coming in at about 135 MB.
If you would like to kick things off the right way, head over to the LG G Watch toolkit thread to get started.
2014 is certainly shaping up to be the year of the wearables. And thanks to its innovative interface and impressive functionality, the Android Wear platform is uniquely positioned to take this relatively young market by storm. It’s been just under one month since Google officially launched the first two Android Wear devices at the Google I/O 2014 keynote. Now, developers have something to be excited about thanks to the partial source code release to the AOSP.
OK–stop hyperventilating for a second, and re-read that last sentence and the first word of this article’s title. Much like what we saw with the Android L developer preview a couple weeks ago, this is only a partial source code release to cover the GPL projects for the currently shipping devices, the LG G Watch (Dory) Samsung Gear Live (Sprat). As explained by Bill Yi in the Android Building Google Group:
hi All,Today, we pushed a small number of GPL projects for the kitkat-wear release. The tag is android-4.4w_r1. The changes are minor since kitkat-mr2.2. We plan to do a full platform push for Android’s next milestone release.The kernel source is kernel/msm with the following branches:- android-msm-sprat-3.10-kitkat-
wear- android-msm-dory-3.10-kitkat- wearbill
In other words, this is just a partial source code release, and we won’t have the full source release until Android L later this year. As such, it’s not enough to create a full, source-built Android Wear port to existing smart watches. However, if you’ve looking to develop for the G Watch or the Gear Live, this is a great start.
Developers looking to dive in can do so in the links below!
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.
June 29, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Last week at the I/O 2014 opening keynote, Google formally unveiled the first two Android Wear smartwatches: the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live. We recently added forums for these two, as well as another interesting device, the Asus Padfone X.
While the two smartwatches both share the same software platform, they feature fairly different hardware. The LG G Watch’s 1.65″ 280×280 LCD is backed by a 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage, and a 400 mAh battery. The Samsung Gear Live’s 1.63″ 320×320 Super AMOLED is powered by a 1.2 GHz processor, half a gig of RAM, 4 gigs of internal storage, and a 300 mAh battery. Both devices feature dust and water resistance, but the Gear Live also offers a built-in heart rate monitor.
Finally, we have the Asus Padfone X. Like its predecessor, the Asus Padfone X is a multi-purpose Android device. The Padfone X is comprised of a smartphone that can dock into a tablet, which itself can also become a full sized laptop. The X is powered by a 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 800, and features 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal Storage, a 13 MP camera, and a 2300 mAh battery.
Are you thinking of picking up a G Watch or Gear Live? Or are you thinking of waiting for later Wear devices such as the upcoming Moto 360, with its sexy circular LCD? What about the Padfone X? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, and don’t forget to head over to the newly created forums below to get started. And if you already happen to own the Padfone X, don’t forget to head over to its unofficial TWRP port by XDA Recognized Developer AdamOutler.