The only wearable device from Samsung that was running on the Android version was the first smartwatch the Galaxy Gear (SM-V700). And earlier this year there were mild rumors that suggested the Galaxy Gear would receive an update that would take the smartwatch to Tizen OS.
Now the company has actually started rolling out the Tizen 2.2 firmware update to the smartwatch. The update is now available via Kies in select countries and will be reaching all markets over the coming weeks. With the latest update, the Galaxy Gear will be soon part of the Tizen powered Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwears.
It should be noted that the software update will clear all your data from the wearable device. Thus, before you install the update, make sure you back-up the data first. Moreover, you will also have to re-pair the smartwatch with your Samsung smartphone or tablet. Except WatchON Remote and Heart Rate monitor, most features would be similar to the Galaxy Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo that were launched recently.
It is said that the Tizen OS is pretty amazing in terms of the power consumption. Thus, the update improves the performance and battery life of the smartwatch. Moreover, other features include the standalone music player, voice commands in the camera, customizable shortcuts for tap input, customizable shortcuts for tap input and more.
Another thing that should be noted is that after you install the update, some third-party apps will not work as it could be Android-based app.
Here are the details about the update:
Version: Tizen 2.2.0