Rumors that so far, the Samsung Galaxy Gear hasn’t been the breakout smartwatch Samsung wanted it to be aren’t very surprising. According to Business Korea, industry sources are now claiming that only a total of 50,000 Galaxy Gears have been sold globally, putting the device at about 800 to 900 units sold a day. While this isn’t your typical “Galaxy” territory, slow sales haven’t stopped Android tinkerers from loading up the Galaxy Gear with custom software.
Android developer fOmey on XDA is leading the charge, and with the help of fellow devs has put together a functional ROM for the Samsung Galaxy Gear. The custom software allows for native apk installations on the Galaxy Gear, along with other enhancements like upping video record times to 60 seconds, and Nova Launcher as the default home app. There’s even live wallpaper support for the truly daring (would love to see this in action).
Lots more can be found on the Null_ 09.1 thread on XDA. It should be noted that while the custom ROM enables a heap ton of extra features for the Galaxy Gear, the smartwatch still requires a Samsung device with the appropriate software to function properly.
- 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