Samsung Galaxy Gear Update Switches Android to Tizen

News Paul Briden 13:11, 2 Jun 2014

Samsung is updating the Galaxy Gear, replacing Android with Tizen

Samsung has issued an update for its first-gen Galaxy Gear smartwatch which will see it switch from Android to the company's own operating system, Tizen.

The move comes after Samsung launched its range of second-gen wearables earlier this year, including the Gear 2, Gear Fit and Gear 2 Neo. Each of those devices dropped the Galaxy name and shipped with Tizen rather than Android, so Samsung is now bringing its older model in-line with the new releases.

If you're a Galaxy Gear owner, you don't have to worry about the smartwatch's compatibility with your Samsung Galaxy phone, however, as Samsung has engineered Tizen aboard the Gear 2 et al to be compatible with its Android-powered phones. This should therefore carry on to the update for the Galaxy Gear.

However, the update will wipe any data you have stored on the Galaxy Gear, so if you have anything important be sure to back it up.

Samsung is not issuing the update over-the-air at present, meaning you have to plug the device into a computer with Samsung's Kies software installed.

According to SamMobile, the version 2.2.0 update improves the Galaxy Gear's battery life, performance, and voice commands. Another added feature is the watch will function as a music player and you can store music on the device rather than relying on a paired phone.

While the update will introduce many of the new Gear 2's features to the older model, there are some features which are hardware-based and have not made the leap, such as the heart rate monitor. The update may also make some third-party apps incompatible.

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