Samsung Galaxy Gear update available, switches to Tizen

Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch owners can now update their watch from Android to Tizen.

Back in February at MWC, Samsung introduced the sequels to its first smartwatch, the Samsung Gear 2 and the Samsung Gear 2 Neo. Instead of being powered by Android, Samsung turned to the power of its Tizen OS. It makes sense to now have the original Gear also Tizen powered.

The update to Tizen will improve the battery life on the watch, enhance the performance of the device, and enhance voice commands for the Galaxy Gear. Installing Tizen on your Galaxy Gear also turns the watch into a stand-alone music player, that will store music on the watch itself.

Most of the software related features found on the Samsung Gear 2 and Samsung Gear 2 Neo will be available on the updated Gear. The only features on the new watches that won’t be moving over to your updated Gear are those that are hardware based, such as the heart rate monitor.

The update is not yet available OTA, which means that you are going to have to sync your Galaxy Gear with your PC and grab the update from Samsung Kies and if you do update your watch, you will lose everything that is currently on it.[signoff predefined=”Enjoy this?” icon=”icon-users”][/signoff]