August 11, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
The Samsung Galaxy Gear gets it first Custom ROM based on Tizen OS! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this week’s news is the article talking about creating your own custom Android Wear watch face. Also, be sure the check out the article talking about the closing for round one of our Pebble Developer Challenge! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Jordan talks about the other video released this weekend on XDA Developer TV. Producer TK released a video reviewing the new Lepow ADD Magnetic Expandable External Battery. Jordan also talks about the addition of Ubuntu, Spur, and Epson as sponsors for xda:devcon14. So pull up a chair and check out this video.
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!
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.
June 2, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
The original Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch gets an update to Tizen. That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews a few of the important stories from this weekend. Included in this weekend’s news is the release of Sense 6 for the Verizon HTC One Max and the kernel source for the Moto E and KitKat source code for the Razr M/HD! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Be sure to check out the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer TK released an Xposed Tuesday video for the Always Correct. Then, Jordan reviewed the dual-screen YotaPhone. Later, TK gave us a an Android App Review of WebScrapbook.
Finally, don’t forget to check out some of the great stories from this that didn’t quite make it into this video such as how the next version of Android will bring even more headaches for the root community and the new official file manager for Windows Phone 8.1.
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.
March 4, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
Linux 3.4 Kernel has been compiled for the Galaxy S Plus GT-i9001. XDA Developer TV Producer and News Corespondent Jordan reviews this and all the other important stories from this week on the XDA-Developers Portal. Jordan talks about the Windows RT Porting Guide for Windows 32-bit apps.
In Jelly Bean-related news, Jordan talks about an app that makes Jelly Bean Toggles available to all. Jordan talks about one of the latest alternative mobile operating systems and its history, Tizen. Pull up a chair and check out this video. And if you any news to report, feel free to contact any XDA News Writer.
March 3, 2013 By: Haroon Q. Raja
This year’s Mobile World Conference was different from most. There were still all the device presentations, announcements, and revelations that we’ve come to expect from the biggest tech event of the mobile industry each year. What’s different was that this time, the spotlight wasn’t taken by hardware, but rather by software—and for good reason. After all, it isn’t every day that three upcoming mobile operating systems backed by big names like Samsung, Intel, Mozilla, and Canonical are showcased at the same event. Apart from Mozilla’s Firefox OS and Canonical’s Ubuntu Touch, MWC 2013 also saw Samsung and Intel finally showcase Tizen OS running on actual hardware.
Among all contemporary mobile operating systems, Tizen OS has had perhaps the most tumultuous and complex history. First there was Nokia’s Maemo and Intel’s Moblin, before the two companies decided to combine them together into MeeGo, in collaboration with many major hardware and software partners. Then Nokia decided putting all its eggs in Windows Phone’s basket, and abandoned the platform after releasing the amazing N9 running MeeGo with Nokia’s Harmattan UI that won hearts of users and critics alike, despite not making many sales due to Nokia’s abandonment. While all this was occuring, Samsung had also decided to build an open OS of its own in order to decrease its dependence on Android, and the result was Bada. After Intel’s abandonment, the future looked bleak for MeeGo, and it indeed proved out to be so as well. The OS was shortly abandoned completely by all other supporters as well, and Tizen was born under the patronage of The Linux Foundation. Later, Samsung decided to join the picture as well, with an aim to merge Bada with Tizen.
After being in works for several years under all the different names, it was actually disappointing to see what was showcased at the MWC demo. With a conventional home screen that seemed to be nothing more than a mere grid of icons and an overall UI not too different from Android’s, Tizen seems to bring nothing new to the table that might lure users into switching to it when devices running the OS show up in the market. Granted it’s still in the making and what was demoed was essentially an early preview, it came nowhere close to what Canonical showcased in Ubuntu Touch.
The experience offered by the OS running on the demo devices was sub par at best, being laggy as well as lacking anything truly special and intuitive that’s not already out there. For an OS that has been in the making for several years by now and has major names of the industry backing it, this seems nothing short of inexplicable. One good thing was the announcement of the Tizen 2.0 Magnolia SDK being made available for developers to start working on apps for the OS. That said, there’s still a long way to go before we start seeing devices running Tizen hit the market. There have been no official time frames announced in this regard, but it is expected to be late 2013 by earliest. Also, since Bada is essentially being merged into Tizen, many are speculating whether Samsung will decide to abandon the devices running Bada, or upgrade them to the new platform in the future.
Here at XDA, we get excited about any development in the smartphone industry, especially when it’s an open-source mobile operating system aimed to offer a completely open alternative to Google’s semi-open Android ecosystem. We have also merged our Tizen and Bada forums to consolidate development for them under once roof, where you can also join several discussions about the OS.
You can learn more about Tizen and download its SDK from the Tizen website.