A couple of weeks ago, a revelation made by a trusted Samsung source revealed the Galaxy Gear smartwatch running on Tizen, hinting at the imminent arrival of an update. And the day is finally here when Samsung’s Android based smartwatch from last year makes the switch to Tizen with an update now rolling out.
Even though the operating system will be replaced, it is said that there won’t be a lot of visual differences. The update brings version 2.2.0 of Tizen to the device and contains features like a standalone music player with the ability to store music locally on the device. Other enhancements like improved battery life and performance enhancements are in place as well.
Since the smartwatch is making the shift to a new OS, most of the apps meant for the Galaxy Gear won’t work. But that’s only until developers port the apps to Tizen using Samsung’s rumored app emulator. At the moment, the update is only available via Samsung Kies, so make sure you hook your device to the computer to download and install the latest update.
It is said that all the data will be erased from the device, so make sure you have a backup before proceeding with the update. The smartwatch will have to be set up as a new unit and will need to be paired with devices again as it’s basically starting from scratch.
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Via: Sam Mobile