Developer gets Android Wear running on the Samsung Gear 2

Samsung might have launched a smartwatch, the Gear Live, running Android Wear, but the company has been using its own OS (Tizen) on all its other smartwatches. In addition to helping Samsung create its own ecosystem, Tizen has helped the Gear smartwatches offer considerably more features and better battery life over those running Android Wear.

But that’s not to say that Tizen is the best option for Samsung’s smartwatches. Quite a few users, yours truly included, believe that it would be better if Samsung would start using Android Wear, due to reasons like considerably higher developer support, Google Now, and the search giant’s leading voice recognition technology. Samsung will probably never support Android Wear though, but it looks like some Gear owners might still be able to run Android Wear, at least some time in the future.

XDA developer biktor_gj has managed to port Android Wear to the Gear 2 and managed to get it to boot on the watch after four months of work. The port is still a work in progress and isn’t available for download, but now that the watch is actually booting into Android, further development will probably bear fruits at a quicker pace.

Getting Android Wear to work on the Gear 2 also bodes well for the Gear S, which has pretty much the same hardware ticking away inside. Of course, it’s best not to get too excited considering that this may or may not result into something truly useful, but it’s great to see that there’s some hope for those that wish their Gear would run Google’s nascent smartwatch operating system instead of Samsung’s highly functional yet still limited Tizen.

Check out the source link for the details on the Gear 2 Android Wear port, especially if you’re a developer and can lend a hand in the port’s development.

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budz3510
4 months 6 days ago

biktor was already fix some bugs with his project SEPTEMBER. I guest thats the end and final project.. he bought gear S, no voice coming from him if he could use the gear S as a host for final.. im still waiting for the result before i proceed from dead tizen to AW.

techleprechaun
1 year 1 month ago

While I would love to have Google Now on my Gear 2 Neo, I worry about the loss of other functionality. The Dick Tracy ability to answer calls, and the IR blaster for device control, both would be a big loss. That and the likely battery hit. I can get 4+ days in a charge now, but Android Wear would certainly reduce that.

leomaxi
1 year 1 month ago

with android wear is not make possible call or response call, but Tizen yes and is the best wearable OS.

LaDeX
1 year 1 month ago

“Google Now, and the search giant’s leading voice recognition technology.”
Both useless in Finland so Tizen is still the best wearable OS.

johny jackson
1 year 1 month ago

Redmond Giant
Cupertino Giant
Search Giant
and Korean Manufacture

a67543210
1 year 1 month ago

You know, when foreigners work in western countries, they are called immigrants. When westerners go to other countries, they are called expats. In theory, the top end surgeon or engineer from non western countries that makes Nasa rockets fly is also an expat, but in practice, treated as an immigrant. It`s just the same thing here, you know.

 
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