April 14, 2014 By: eagleeyetom
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: eagleeyetom
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.
January 22, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
During CES 2014, XDA Developer TV Producer TK got a chance to get his hands on the Omate TrueSmart smartwatch 2.0 and interview the founder of Omate about the watch. Be sure to check out that video. Also, TK got a chance to do a full review of the Omate device as well. There is a lot of interest in this device, and a lot of new smartwatches are in a the works. Some have even already been released.
In this episode of XDA Developer TV, TK compares three different smartwatches. He compares the original Pebble smartwatch, perhaps one of the first and more popular options; the Samsung Galaxy Gear, which is being promoted heavily by juggernaut Samsung; and the Omate Truesmart, perhaps one of the most promising standalone smartwatch device. Check out this video to see the pros and cons of each device.
January 21, 2014 By: Samantha
Among the growing market of smart watches and wearable devices, the Samsung Galaxy Gear is probably one of the more prominent names. It is, after all, from one of the most success Android device manufacturers. So its a bit of a dampener when Samsung decided to restrict the Galaxy Gear to only the owners of the few compatible Galaxy devices such as the Note 3, Note 10.1 and the S4.
This didn’t hold back XDA Forum Member pcelli from getting the Galaxy Gear to work on the Nexus 5 however, and he shared the method on the XDA forums for other owners of non-Samsung devices to try out. The process is quite simple, though it may take some time. It essentially involves installing the gearmanagerstub.apk, extracting the various APK files from gear manager 1.6 111801.apk, and manually installing them one-by-one onto your device.
Gathering from the community response, it seems like devices running AOSP-derived Android 4.4.2 ROMs are having some luck with the process, such as the HTC One and the Sony Xperia Z1. An issue that’s appearing to be consistent among all these devices is the failure to run ‘Weather’ and ‘S Voice,’ and this may be because both features are TouchWiz based.
It should be kept in mind that this loophole is not guaranteed to run on your device, and there’s the possibility that a future Galaxy Gear update will patch this up, so it may not be a wise idea to rush out and buy one simply because of this loophole. But if you happen to have a Galaxy Gear and a non-compatible device on your table, or if you’re interested in the details, check out the original thread.
December 31, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
The end of 2013 is here, and it has been an exciting year in the mobile device world. XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan combed through all the headlines, hardware releases, and device developments that happened this year and identified the Top Five Technology Trends for 2013.
Everything from expanded mobile OS offerings to great independant mobile device choices, the rapid expansion of wearable technology and Google Glass, and much more. So take a moment to check out today’s video and see the top 5 trends in the mobile industry this year. Let us know if we got it right or why we are dead wrong in the comments below!
We try not to feature too much in the way of unofficial ports here on the XDA Portal. But sometimes, something special comes along that prompts us to make an exception. Recently, we saw the first custom ROM pop up for the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch thanks to XDA Senior Member fOmey. Now, another development milestone has been crossed on the device, once again thanks to fOmey.
This time, fOmey has ported the awesome TWRP recovery to Samsung’s smartwatch, bringing touch-friendly and powerful recovery software to the device. Installation involves first entering download mode by powering on and holding a certain key combination. Once in download mode, you use Odin on your Windows-based computer to flash the image.
To get started on your own Galaxy Gear, head over to the recovery thread and give this a shot. These are crazy times, folks. But while we have watches with touch screens, I’m still waiting for my flying car.
November 18, 2013 By: eagleeyetom
This past February, XDA opened a forum for smartwatches. These strange, yet amazing devices are watches that run Android. And let’s face it; it was only a matter of time before custom ROMs started appearing for them.
One of latest smartwatchers is the recently released Samsung Galaxy Gear. Now, XDA Senior Member fOmey created the first functional custom ROM for the device. It’s based on MK7 stock ROM, and has lots of customization. I must express my amusement when I saw this thread for the first time. Previously, I didn’t think that a watch could even have a custom ROM. XDA proved me wrong once again.
The ROM is rooted and deodexed, and contains several improvements to enhance the overall user experience. A lot of great work has been done to by the developer to make this ROM almost bug free. FOmey described the installation procedure and even made a video with instructions on how to enter download mode on the Galaxy Gear.
If you have a Samsung Galaxy Gear and want to try something new, you should visit the ROM thread and give this release a try.
September 10, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
Samsung recently unveiled three new and enticing devices aimed at making you simultaneously lighten your wallet a little, as well as pack your pocket, briefcase, and wrist with a little more technology. These are, of course, the Galaxy Note 3, the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition), and the Galaxy Gear.
Samsung refreshed its popular Galaxy Note lineup with the Galaxy Note 3 phablet and the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition). Both build upon their predecessors by adding more powerful specs, while retaining the critically acclaimed S Pen functionality. The Galaxy Note 3 ups the ante on its predecessor by raising the screen resolution to 1080p, upping the RAM to 3 GB, and packing in a quad-core 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 800 processor. Similarly the Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) increases its screen resolution to 2560×1600, brings the RAM to 3 GB, and packs that same quad-core 2.3 GHz Snapdragon processor as its little brother. Samsung also introduced its Galaxy Gear smartwatch. The device, which connects to various Samsung mobile devices, features an 800 MHz processor, a 320×320 resolution display, and half a gig of RAM.
In today’s additions, we also have the Sony Xperia Z1. Codenamed Honami, the Z1 is a high-end device with a 5″ 1080p display, 2 GB of RAM, a quad-core 2.2 GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, and a slim 8.5mm profile. More info and specs can be found on Sony’s official product page.
Are you thinking of adding any of these to your mobile arsenal? Let us know in the comments below, and of course, don’t forget to head over to the newly created forums to get in on the discussion!