Initially, the first generation Samsung Galaxy Gear’s owners expected to get Android Wear OS upgrade to their smartwatch, but when Samsung announced the Tizen OS-powered Galaxy Gear 2 in February, everyone believed that their first-gen wearable had been put on notice. Now, instead of keeping the first-gen smartwatch users in a corner, Samsung begins to keep the device updated by infusing Tizen OS to the Android smartwatch.
Now, Samsung is being rolling out new firmware update to its original Galaxy Gear (SM-V700) that will not only give stability and performance boost, but also completely transforms the wearable into a Tizen device.
The new version 2.2.0 of the software will replace the entire OS, but there are no any major visual changes in Gear 2’s UI. Some other key changes from the firmware update are:
- It will measure sleep patterns using Sleep mode.
- It will track users workouts in real-time in Exercise mode, while in Android it was only tracking the footsteps suing the Pedometer.
- Standalone music player has been added and now onwards you can store your music on smartwatch itself.
- You can customize the double tap shortcut to open any desired applications, while in Android it was used to open Quick Controls.
- There is a separate Controls app, which can also added to the double tap shortcut so that the earlier feature could be retained.
- You can choose from different font styles, home icon size, wallpaper and you can even set the customized wallpaper too.
- Bluetooth headsets can be connected to the smartwatch, directly.
- Privacy lock has been introduced with the new Tizen update.
- Samsung Galaxy Gear’s Camera app gets the voice commands support.
Meanwhile, you could see all the features from its latest Galaxy Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, but you will not get the Heart Rate monitor and WatchON Remote features in the update as these are dependent on the additional sensors that are present only in current models.
You can download the update for your original Samsung Galaxy Gear either manually or via Samsung Kies software. Make sure you have taken the backup of your files. You will lose all your settings of the device, as the firmware update process will wipe out the whole device and its data to fresh install the new Tizen OS.
Download the firmware manually from here.
[ Via ]