XDA News Articles

Will Verduzco · Oct 6, 2014

Learn How to Theme TizenMod on Your Samsung Gear

Although it originally shipped with a highly customized version of Android, the Samsung Galaxy Gear (later renamed to Samsung Gear) has since been updated to run Tizen OS. This move, which brought the device inline with many of Samsung's other smartwatches such as the Samsung Gear 2, carries with it an inherent set of pros and cons. While the device enjoys much improved battery life since its shift, all of the previous apps and utilities that we have come to enjoy are no...

XDA NEWS
Will Verduzco · Aug 17, 2014

Jailbreak Your Tizen-Powered Samsung Gear or Gear 2 Smartwatch

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...

XDA NEWS
Tomek Kondrat · Aug 10, 2014

First Tizen OS Custom ROM for the Samsung Galaxy Gear

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...

XDA NEWS
Faiz Malkani · Aug 1, 2014

Navigate with Your Samsung Gear 2 Using DMA Navi Watch

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...

XDA NEWS
Samantha · Jul 20, 2014

Use Your Samsung Gear 2 to Control Tasker

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...

XDA NEWS
Jimmy McGee · Jun 6, 2014

Android 4.4.3 Released, Google Unveils Project Tango Tablet Dev Kit, Galaxy Gear Tizen Rooted! – XDA Developer TV

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...

XDA NEWS
Will Verduzco · May 30, 2014

[ROM Captured] Original Galaxy Gear Now Updated to Tizen

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...

XDA NEWS
Will Verduzco · May 14, 2014

Upcoming Galaxy Gear Update Will Swap out Android for Tizen

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...

XDA NEWS
Samantha · May 11, 2014

SWApp Link Lets You Do More with Your Galaxy Gear

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 NEWS
Jimmy McGee · Apr 23, 2014

Wearables Walkthrough: Tasker on the Samsung Galaxy Gear – XDA Developer TV

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...

XDA NEWS
Samantha · Apr 20, 2014

TasGear: A Tasker Extension for the Samsung Galaxy Gear

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...

XDA NEWS
Tomek Kondrat · Apr 14, 2014

Samsung Galaxy Gear Toolkit Handles All Your Gear-Related Flashing Tasks

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...

XDA NEWS
Jimmy McGee · Mar 26, 2014

How to Root the Samsung Galaxy Gear and Install Pie Controls – XDA Developer TV

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...

XDA NEWS
Tomek Kondrat · Feb 3, 2014

Give Your Samsung Galaxy Gear Some Love with Triangulum, its First Custom Kernel

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...

XDA NEWS
Jimmy McGee · Jan 22, 2014

Smartwatch Showdown: Pebble vs Galaxy Gear vs Omate TrueSmart – XDA Developer TV

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...

XDA NEWS
Samantha · Jan 21, 2014

Pair Your Samsung Galaxy Gear with Non-Samsung Devices

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...

XDA NEWS
Jimmy McGee · Dec 31, 2013

Top 5 Technology Trends of 2013 – XDA Developer TV

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...

XDA NEWS
Will Verduzco · Nov 22, 2013

TWRP Ported to the Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch

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...

XDA NEWS
Tomek Kondrat · Nov 18, 2013

First Custom ROM Available for the Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch

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...

XDA NEWS
Will Verduzco · Sep 10, 2013

Forums Added for the Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition), Galaxy Gear, and Xperia Z1

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,...

XDA NEWS