Samsung Galaxy Gear gets Tizen update

After bringing newer wearables to market running its Tizen platform, Samsung is planning to chuck out Android and bring its very own Tizen OS to its Galaxy Gear smartwatch. The news about the shift in the OS was in the rounds for quite some time now.

The company announced the successor to the original Galaxy Gear smartwatch, Galaxy Gear 2, at the MWC 2014 earlier this year. Samsung replaced Android for Tizen as a platform for their two new smartwatches– Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo. This new line of smartwatches was launched mere six months after the original Gear launch.


This is a good move by Samsung, both for itself and for the users who bought a Galaxy Gear smartwatch. Samsung plans to break away from Google’s control over Android by creating Tizen which Samsung typically uses in its devices till now.

As the Tizen OS is different from that of the Android, the apps designed on the Galaxy Gear will no longer work after the update. As per reports, the Gear will receive many new features which were previously exclusive to the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo. Among the additions is Sleep mode and Exercise mode. The Sleep mode the former monitors your sleeping patterns, while the Exercise Mode measures your workouts in the “real time.” A standalone music player is now present along with a Controls app for customizing gesture shortcuts.

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

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