August 17, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Last week, we talked about the first custom Tizen OS ROM for the original Samsung Galaxy Gear. Developed by XDA Recognized Developer Skin1980, this ROM built on the official XXUCNF1 ROM by adding root and a few features to make it more battery friendly and more aesthetically pleasing. Now, the developer has updated his work with a few new capabilities and support for the Samsung Gear 2.
Aptly named TizenMod 3, this release builds on its predecessor in several ways. The ROM is still based on the latest NF1 and NE5 firmwares available from Samsung, and they still brings root access and all of the previous goodies such as the Android L fonts and CPU frequency and governor modification support. However, the biggest highlight of this release is that it has been jailbroken. With TizenMod 3 installed, your Samsung Gear family smartwatch will no longer require a compatible Samsung phone in order to install an application.
Like pretty much all things Samsung, you’re going to want to have Odin ready at your disposal in order to install the ROM. Luckily, that is provided in case you don’t have it already, along with clear instructions on how to flash and a video demonstration.
If you own a Tizen-powered ROM and have been fiending for a bit more freedom, this may be right up your alley. Gear 2 owners looking to free their devices should head over to the TizenMod thread for the Gear 2. And if you’re rocking the original Gear, head over to TizenMod thread for the original Galaxy Gear.
August 10, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
At this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, alongside the premiere of many devices, Samsung introduced its first devices featuring the brand new mobile operating system Tizen OS. To date, it’s mainly been used in various smartwatches and wristbands, and eventually Samsung may use it as a replacement for Android.
For most of its life span, the Samsung Galaxy Gear was powered by Android. But since Samsung decide to replace the OS with Tizen, users have had no real choice and were forced to migrate to the new OS or stay on Android and eventually get left behind with regards to new features and apps. Additionally, there were no custom Tizen ROMs available for quite some time. Now the situation has changed, thanks to XDA Recognized Developer Skin1980, who created a first custom Tizen-based ROM for Samsung Galaxy Gear.
TizenMod is based on the last XXUCNF1 stock ROM, which has been rooted and prepared to replace the stock ROM. TizenMod should be more battery friendly, and it has also been themed to look a little like Android L.
To try this device on your device, you need to use the newest Odin and flash it as a regular update. TizenMod is considered as stable, so you should not be worried about its stability.
If you own the original Samsung Galaxy Gear and have decided to switch to Tizen, you may want to give TizenMod a try. You can find it by visiting the TizenMod development thread.
August 1, 2014 By: Faiz Malkani
Whether you’re travelling to a new destination or exploring some previously unvisited corner of your own city, you’re bound to get lost without navigation assistance. Google Maps has done wonders in this niche with turn-by-turn navigation, even in the remotest places. But nothing comes without drawbacks–and constantly unlocking your phone to check the next turn can be cumbersome and battery intensive. This can be remedied by using an Android Wear device and using the inbuilt navigation, but what about the Samsung Gear 2?
XDA Junior Member drashko has a solution in the form of the DMA Navi Watch, an app for the Samsung Gear 2 which behaves as a navigation-enabled watch face. This replacement watch face provides excellent versatility, without needing to open an app every time. The app accesses Google Navigation notifications from your device, so to get started simply get the app, enable the notification listener, and you’re good to go. When you’re not navigating or going on an adventure to places unknown, the app behaves as a normal watch face by displaying the time, date, and weather augmented with various customization options.
Head on over to the DMA Navi Watch thread to get started with the app or watch the instructional video. Bon voyage!
If we’re to switch out our traditional watches for smartwatches, they better do something that’s well worth the switch. The standards of what’s worthy or not are entirely subjective and up to our individual preferences, but I’m sure that one thing that it could do that we would all agree is ‘worth it’ would be to control the hugely popular Tasker app on your phone or tablet.
This is exactly what you can now do on your Samsung Gear 2, thanks to the tutorial written by XDA Forum Member Medox2. The procedure works with both Samsung devices that were Galaxy Gear compatible out of the box, as well as non-Samsung devices that have been modded to work with the Gear, although there are some slightly different initial steps for each of them. After explaining these initial steps and the requirements needed thereafter, the tutorial goes through all the steps of setting up the configurations required on both your device and your Galaxy Gear. Furthermore, Medox2 has provided some additional, optional tips and tricks which may be of interest once you’ve got things all set up.
If you would like to try this out, be sure to head over to the Gear 2 Tasker Guide thread for more information.
June 6, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Android KitKat 4.4.3 has been released for the Nexus 5 and many more Nexus devices! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is the announcement that OmniROM nightlies are now based on Android 4.4.3 and Google announced a new Project Tango tablet! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer TK released an Xposed Tuesday video for OK Google for 3rd Party Launchers. Then, Jordan talked about Portal and Half-Life 2 on the Nvidia Shield. Finally, TK gave us a an Android App Review of Gallery Plus. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
May 30, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
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 188.8.131.52. 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.
[Many thanks to XDA Portal Supporter Titokhan for the tip!]
May 14, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
The Samsung Galaxy Gear was one of the first pioneers in nascent world of smartwatches. Sure, devices like the Pebble predated it by a few months, but the Gear is a significantly more powerful device that also offers quite a bit of aftermarket development potential.
Even now after the unveiling of Android Wear, the first generation Gear remains as a fantastic solution for those wanting a full-on Android device that can be hacked and modded extensively. There are also quite a few applications that have been developed for the Gear. And much of this is due to the fact that at its core, the Gear is simply a small Android device running a wrist-friendly skin. This power also had a notable downside: battery life. In the future, however, this probably won’t be the case, as Samsung is planning on migrating the Gear to Tizen.
The Galaxy Gear 2 was unveiled earlier this year alongside the Galaxy S 5 at Unpacked 2014. But rather than running Android like its predecessor, the Gear 2 ran Tizen. Ever since then, many wondered whether the original Gear would be updated to Tizen as well, so that applications for both could be created with a single SDK. Now, the folks over at Sammobile have gotten their hands on an exclusive preview of what Tizen will look like on the original Gear. In the video below, you’ll find the original Galaxy Gear on the left, with the native Tizen models on the right.
As you would reasonably expect, applications built for the Gear running Android will obviously not work on Tizen. Are you a first generation Gear owner looking forward to the OS shift? Or are you happy with the applications and development projects available for the Gear running Android? Let us know in the comments below.
The Samsung Galaxy Gear is probably one of the more well known wearables out on the market right now. However, one of the biggest issues with wearables right now, especially in their relatively young state, is the state of their apps. These are usually very limited and singular in functionality.
You expect a gadget you forked hundreds of dollars over for to serve as a bit more than just a watch, flashlight, and camera. So it’s comforting to see an app like SWApp pop up in the XDA forums and break the monotony by packing in a variety of functions that Galaxy Gear owners will definitely find useful.
Developed by cyrilp, SWApp introduces a number of functions not available natively to the Galaxy Gear, including:
SWApp is only compatible with Galaxy Gears running the Null Rom and is currently still in its beta stage. If you would like to give this a try, be sure to head over to the original thread for more information and download.
April 23, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
The future certainly looks like it is full of wearables. While Google Glass may have the more futuristic vibe, it is more than likely that smartwatches will be the most popular wearable. In this episode, XDA Developer TV Producer TK combines two exciting things on his Samsung Galaxy Gear: smartwatches and Tasker.
We’ve talked about Tasker before here on XDA Developer TV. We even have a whole playlist dedicated to it. TK shows off how to launch tasks from Tasker on your phone using TasGear–everything from manually activating your WiFi on task to your taking a picture task is possible, bringing selfies to a whole new level. Check out this video for more information.
April 20, 2014 By: Samantha
With wearable technology taking center stage this year, one can only expect more active development to be seen in this area. This includes tighter integration of apps between wearables and our phones and tablets such as the Tasker extension for the Sony Smartwatch 2, a handy little app that allows you to control and operate Tasker straight from the watch on your wrist. Being a very useful and practical extension, XDA Senior Member Orbonis was inspired to develop something similar for the Samsung Galaxy Gear called TasGear.
Sharing many similarities with the Tasker Extension for the Sony Smartwatch 2, TasGear packs in quite a lot of features that Tasker users will no doubt find useful to have on their Galaxy Gear. These include:
Tasgear does not require the connected phone or tablet to be rooted in order to work, although your device has to be one of the select Samsung Galaxy devices which have Galaxy Gear support.
So if you’re interested in trying TasGear out, visit the application thread for more information.
April 14, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
The smartwatch market is growing rapidly. At this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Samsung introduced three new smartwatches ready to be paired with Galaxy devices. But Tizen is no fun, as developers haven’t yet given it much attention. The company’s previous smartwatch, the Galaxy Gear, has already received love thanks to a custom ROM and kernel.
Now, Galaxy Gear users can easily root, restore, and more thanks to a toolkit by XDA Retired Senior Moderator mskip. Android Toolkit for Gear is a complete solution for Windows users, as it can easily install drivers, download stock images, root the device, flash a recovery, show an ADB log, pull SD card contents, backup the device, and much more. The complete list of features is quite long, and can be viewed in its release thread.
With this tool, a Samsung Galaxy Gear owner is essentially ready for anything. If you run Windows and own a Gear smartwatch, visit the utility thread to get the most out of your device.
March 26, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
In this episode, XDA Developer TV Producer TK shows you how to root your Samsung Galaxy Gear. The Galaxy Gear and smartwatches in general are hot news in the Android ecosystem. The Galaxy Gear is the device responsible for mainstreaming smartwatches. And as usual at XDA, we must root all the things, and our buddy the Galaxy Gear is no exception!
TK presents step-by-step instructions on how to gain root access on your Galaxy Gear using tools from the XDA Developers Forums. First, TK shows you how to gain root access using XDA Forum Member photonicgeek’s guide. Then, he installs the Xposed framework, GravityBox and other modules. If you wanted to root your Galaxy Gear, take a moment and check this video out.
February 3, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
The Samsung Galaxy Gear is a somewhat unusual device. The smartwatch was originally designed for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S 4 flagships, and quickly became one of the most popular devices in its category. Despite this, it’s still up for debate whether the Galaxy Gear will ever become a commercially successful device. This doesn’t change the fact that development on XDA is quite fruitful, as we’ve already covered a custom ROM made by XDA Senior Member fOmey.
Those of you who use Sony devices may be familiar with XDA Recognized Developer lilstevie. If your memory’s a little rusty, he managed to release LittleKernel and a custom bootloader for several Sony devices some time ago. Recently, lilstevie decided to put his efforts into kernel development for the Galaxy Gear, and that’s how Triangulum kernel was born.
Triangulum is the first custom kernel for the Galaxy Gear, and it adds a few nice things like auto-rooting, init.d support, and most importantly, it unlocks the device’s second processor core. The kernel can be flashed with Odin, Heimdall, or with custom recovery made by fOmey.
If you own a Samsung Galaxy Gear and wish to unlock its full potential, you can find out more in the kernel thread.