Okay, so it’s no surprise that the Samsung Galaxy Gear — while limited in function — houses a full fledged Android 4.2.2 mobile operating system. Packed with an 800MHz processor, 512MB of RAM, and an itty-bitty little touchscreen, the Galaxy Gear can run Android apps like any other device. Just like Google Glass before it (which was initially running on Ice Cream Sandwich), the Galaxy Gear features a simplified smartwatch homescreen that is used to make launching apps easier on the small screen.
If you wanted to see some proof of concept, ArsTechnica’s Ron Amadeo shows off all the crazy, big-boy Android apps you can run on the Galaxy Gear, simply be sideloading them through ADB. In the video, Ron loads up Nova Launcher which, we have to admit, looks right at home on the smartwatch. He even boots up Candy Crush for a quick gaming session (difficulty level: 9,000) and plays the finale episode of Breaking Bad. Fun stuff.
Anyone thinking about picking up the Samsung Galaxy Gear now? Guess it’s only a matter of time before custom ROMs start popping up on the various forums. Hey, Ron. Think you can get a little Ingress up and running on that thing? ;)
- Samsung: over 1,000 Gear apps
- Samsung launching Android Wear watch at IO
- Galaxy Gear gets Tizen update
- Samsung Android Wear later this year
TAGS: Samsung Galaxy Gear