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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 
SamMobile 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, ALL of your existing data WILL 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.

Source: SamMobile

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It's all about the apps.
By drycrust3 on 6/1/2014 2:42:35 PM , Rating: 2
this past February, it ditched Android altogether for its homegrown Tizen operating system.

One of the most important parts of a modern smartphone is the application library. Here there are lots and lots (as in 100,000s or even millions) of applications that a user can download and use. The application library isn't just about locking you into that OS, it is also about making you shift from an OS with a small application library (which is probably a generous description of Tizen's application library) to an OS with a large one.
The same applies to a smartwatch: it is the apps that will make it a success.
The problem with both Samsung's Fork Android version and the Tizen version is neither of them are actually full blown Android, so there is no guarantee they would run apps from the Google Play Store as the writer intended.
It may be there is a place for a special version of Android that will suit smartwatches, but there is also Moore's law, which states the processing capability of a smartwatch will double in the next two years.
I don't expect battery life to have doubled in that time, but it could well be other technologies will have improved to help battery life, e.g. using either the NFC capability of your smartphone or stealing some power from the regular transmission to the mobile network to give the battery in your smartwatch a boost.

RE: It's all about the apps.
By hpglow on 6/2/2014 1:43:43 AM , Rating: 2
Tizen is a compelling platform. It doesn't have all the apps that Google or Apple do but if you are looking to get away from either of the two for various reasons it may be a good option. May be because there isn't much of Tizen to speak of yet. I'm in a camp where I have a pile of iOS and android devices and they are all POS'es in their own way and I'm ready for a new player with something good. Android is a dog and ios is tied to Apple products we need more options.

RE: It's all about the apps.
By drycrust3 on 6/3/2014 9:06:01 PM , Rating: 2
Whether Tizen is a good platform or not is probably almost irrelevant. What is relevant now is apps. Just as Jason Mick changed from using the Microsoft OS to Android, the fact is hardly any Smartphone OS will last unless it has apps like WeChat.

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