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Samsung Galaxy Gear Tizen Update Leaks, Previewed in Video

Samsung maintained back in May that it would continue to support the Galaxy Gear, most notably with an update from an Android-based OS to a Tizen-based OS. If leaked firmware obtained by SamMobile is any indication, it seems like the company is nearly ready to deliver on its promise.

According to SamMobile, the update will bring many new features to the aging Galaxy Gear, including a few features previously exclusive to the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo. Among the additions is Sleep mode and Exercise mode; the former monitors your sleeping patterns, while the latter measures your workouts in “real time.” A standalone music player is now present, as well as a Controls app for customizing gesture shortcuts.

Limited theming options have also been built into the Tizen update. Font style, wallpaper, and icon size can all be adjusted and changed. Miscellaneous enhancements include voice controls in the camera app, Bluetooth headset support, and a privacy lock.

In SamMobile’s evaluation, all features from the new Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo are present in the Tizen update, minus the hardware-dependent WatchOn and Heart Rate monitor apps. That’s great news for Galaxy Gear owners, and even less reason to buy the incrementally-better-but-still-overpriced new Gear watches.

Via: SamMobile
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  • 213ninja

    i’m pretty excited about the new fitness features. hopefully they can make the note 3 run shealth v3 sometime soon as well.

  • crazed_z06

    Pretty cool of Samsung to keep supporting the OG Galaxy Gear with the latest software. I have no interest in rooting mine or anything, so It doesnt matter what OS the watch is running. And Ill keep saying it.. Despite the hate, the “aging” Gear and Gear 2 are easily the most functional and best all-around smartwatches on the market right now..

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Functional *if you own a Galaxy device.

      • crazed_z06

        Which millions and millions and millions of people do.

  • Feed Jake

    “…to the aging Galaxy Gear.” It’s not even a year old?!

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      No Glove. No Love.

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  • Jason Bittner

    Or… you could root the watch and install nul_ on it and have full android features and any android app…… tizen = junk

    • 213ninja

      are there any fitness related benefits that come with rooting and installing nul? i replaced fitbit with s health and use those features every day, so i’m liking this news, but if the root/rom route gives me additional or better fitness features, i may try that.

      • Jason Bittner

        You can install any app you would use on your phone directly to the watch. So the only limit as far as functionality would be what you are willing to do.

    • Zach Cline

      Custom roms = Junk .

      • Jason Bittner

        Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, however, just because you may have had a bad experience with a custom RoM, does not mean they are all bad. You should open your mind a bit and try something new occasionally.

    • sj0808

      Tell me… how is tizen a junk when it provides better battery life and better functionality?

      • Jason Bittner

        I get 3 days use from my watch now and can install any app I want not just the select few from Samsung….

        Tizen does not offer either thing you think it does.

  • school house rock

    Samsung maintained or mentioned?

  • Ryan N

    I know it’s still early in the smart watch game, but after seeing the moto 360…

    Is it too soon to start complaining about bezel?

  • Ryan N

    Ohh… Up until now I was pretty sure tizen would be of no help to the soon to sink ship that is Samsung.

    But now… I’m positive.

  • Jared Denman

    Yawn. This shouldn’t even be on the android sites since its running tizen. Lol

    • T4rd

      By that logic, no other smartphone accessories (sans Moto 360) should be mentioned on here either. =p

      • Jared Denman


        • Antonio Stephens

          Eh hem: “Samsung maintained back in May that it would continue to support theGalaxy Gear, most notably with an update from an Android-based OS to a Tizen-based OS.”
          …From an Android-based OS
          You’re right, it has nothing to do with Android.

          • Jared Denman

            Relax I was only just trolling. I don’t care really if its on this site or not. Actually I don’t get why people get upset about that kind of thing. If its not worth reading DON’T READ IT! lol

  • Danmheadache

    Why not update from android touchwiz based to android wear based?

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    • Carlos Lopez

      Its not so bad, I wouldn’t get it but yeah not that bad