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 18.104.22.168. 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.
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!