Someone got Android Wear running on the Samsung Gear 2


Samsung has not been one of Android Wear’s biggest supporters. They have opted to use their own Tizen OS instead. The Gear 2 is one such device to use Tizen, but a tinkerer at XDA has fixed that. User biktor_gl has successfully ported Android Wear over to the Gear 2 after four months of work. That’s dedication.

The implementation is still very rough. The only things working so far are touch and basic Bluetooth support. It has taken so long to get this working because Android Wear is not the same as Android. Anyone can download Android from AOSP, but Android Wear is not open source. Despite everything, Biktor has proved that a Tizen smartwatch is not limited to what Samsung wants to do with it. Android wins again.

Do any of you have the Gear 2 or other Tizen smartwatches? Would you prefer Android Wear?

[via XDA Developers (1), (2), (3)]

Joe Fedewa
Ever since I flipped open my first phone I've been obsessed with the devices. I've dabbled in other platforms, but Android is where I feel most at home.

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  1. Gear 2 design (curved and rectangle for ideal screen usage) BUT with Android. I would never buy with Tizen. IMHO Gear 2 design is the best look/form factor.

  2. Some men just want to watch the world burn.

    1. It’s time for you to start watching what you say. That wasn’t very… smart… watch.

      Ugh!! I just can’t get this pun thing right.

  3. AW on the Gear S would be nice too.

  4. I have a gear s and my S5 sucked so I upgraded to a nexus 6. Tizen sucks and even with ability to pair it to my N6, functionality us weak. I would love to see development of android wear to turn my paperweight back into a cool gadget

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