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!]
July 24, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Just yesterday, XDA Recognized Developer and TV Producer AdamOutler tore apart the Samsung Gear Live in his latest XDA Unboxing episode. During the video, Adam talked about a few development-related issues that currently facing Samsung’s first Android Wear offering. And for those who don’t remember, one of the issues that was brought up was how there were no OEM-provided stock firmware images to restore to, in the event that something goes wrong while hacking the device.
Well, after many hours of work, Adam (with help from Senior Recognized Developer Dees_Troy) was able to straighten out this situation. To do this, Dees_Troy first had to create a root-enabled bootable image that would give full ADB access and temporary root. Once that was accomplished, Adam was able to pull the stock firmware and EFS data. Adam then proceeded to upload the stock image to his CASUAL server.
In case you missed it when skimming the above, this was made possible thanks to the first ever custom kernel for the device. This kernel, which is also available in Adam’s thread, can be loaded via fastboot boot for temporary root. It allows for you to pull and modify the /system partition, as well as run root-enabled apps. However, as stated above, this is only temporary root for now. As such, rebooting will take you back to the standard, unrooted boot image.
If you’ve got a Samsung Gear Live and you either want temp root or want to download the stock firmware in case anything goes wrong, head over to the Gear Live stock firmware and temp root thread and download away!
July 23, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
XDA Developer TV Producer AdamOutler is known for his XDA Unboxing series where he tears apart an innocent device all the way to its bare components. Whether intentional or not, he has unboxed a few Samsung devices in his day. Everything from the original Samsung Galaxy II, the Galaxy Nexus, the Verizon Samsung Galaxy S III, to the Samsung Galaxy Camera, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 and the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S 4.
However, he doesn’t stop at striping it down to its bare bones. He talks with XDA Senior Recognized Developer Dees_troy about TWRP for the Gear Live. Finally, he shows us an interesting bit of charging information, in the vein of his last video investigating charging. So what are you waiting for? Check out this video.
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.