Latest Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch Update Ditches Android for Tizen
May 30, 2014 9:27 AM
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Moving to Tizen will bring battery life improvements for the Galaxy Gear
Samsung launched its
first generation Galaxy Gear smartwatch
back in September 2013. The $299 smartwatch launched with a heavily customized version of Android and wasn’t exactly well received by customers.
When Samsung launched the
Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches
— sans Galaxy branding — this past February, it ditched Android altogether for its
homegrown Tizen operating system
. And it now looks as though Samsung is giving owners of the original Galaxy Gear the opportunity to switch over to Tizen as well.
Galaxy Gear Smartwatch
revealed that Samsung has released a Tizen 2.2.0 update for the original Galaxy Gear. The operating system overhaul won’t bring any drastic changes to the user interface, but it does bring the Galaxy Gear to [software] feature parity with the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo (with the exception of the heart rate monitoring capabilities). Users will also benefit from a standalone music player and increased battery life.
You should be warned, however, that since this is a complete operating system overhaul,
of your existing data
be erased after performing the update. In addition, some of your third-party apps may not be compatible with Tizen.
For those that may be concerned that Samsung is looking to ditch Google altogether when it comes to wearables, remember that Samsung is still a launch partner for
Google’s Android Wear platform
. The company stated in April that it plans to
launch an Android Wear-based smartwatch this year
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RE: Battery improvement after OS change?
5/30/2014 11:18:43 AM
Tizen is actually created from Samsung Linux Platform, Its a combination of various OS created by Intel and
. Samsung is also planning to integrate Bada into Tizen or at least they hope to.
"If you look at the last five years, if you look at what major innovations have occurred in computing technology, every single one of them came from AMD. Not a single innovation came from Intel." -- AMD CEO Hector Ruiz in 2007
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