Well folks, the day has come. The original Galaxy Gear is getting the Tizen update that will wipe its Android core and make it run Samsung’s own platform.
You may be a fan of Google’s platform, but this is not the time to stand by your principles. In fact, after the update you won’t notice many things except that all your data has been wiped out and that now you won’t be able to run all the apps you used to run. Nevertheless, it’s worth updating as long as you backup key data to your smartphone or computer.
Among the new features you’ll get are improved performance and battery life, standalone music player that allows you to store music files on the watch itself, customizable shortcuts for tap input, voice commands in the camera, and so on. In other words, these are most of the features the new Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo have except for the heart rate monitoring stuff — the Galaxy Gear doesn’t have that [heart rate] sensor.
The new software version 2.2.0 is rolling out as we speak and in order to cram it to your Galaxy Gear, you’ll have to either fire-up the Gear Manager app on your phone or tablet, or take the Samsung Kies road. We suggest the former, but you decide what works for you best.