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Samsung Galaxy Gear gets Tizen OS update

Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch, now loaded with Tizen OS
Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch
This new update can be performed via Kies 3.0, is free and brings the Galaxy Gear 2's Tizen OS to the first generation smartwatch from Samsung.

Samsung has just revealed that Galaxy Gear owners can update their smartwatches' software and install the new Tizen OS which already comes with the Galaxy Gear 2. This is a free and optional update and brings a set of new features and improvements over the old, Android-based OS of the Galaxy Gear.

The Tizen OS-based software update for Samsung Galaxy Gear is available via Kies 3.0 and has the following highlights:

  • Sleep tracking
  • Exercise - S Health and Fitness sync to keep track of activities in real time
  • Music Player with MTP (Media Transfer Protocol) support
  • Customizable Interface
  • More Apps - about 140 available worldwide

The new customization options include new wallpapers, fonts and home screen icons, all to provide an overall improved interface. When playing music, users are now able to store their files on the smartwatch and play it directly to their Bluetooth handsets without the need to use a Galaxy smartphone.

Once updated to Tizen OS, the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch cannot be reverted to the old OS.

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Codrut Nistor, 2014-07-21 (Update: 2014-07-22)