Will Verduzco · May 14, 2014 at 03:00 pm

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 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.

[Source: Sammobile | Via AndroidPolice]


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willverduzco is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Will Verduzco is the Portal Administrator for the XDA-Developers Portal. He has been addicted to mobile technology since the HTC Wizard. But starting with the Nexus One, his gadget love affair shifted to Google's little green robot. He is also a Johns Hopkins University graduate in neuroscience and is now currently studying to become a physician. View willverduzco's posts and articles here.
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