[How To] Install TWRP Recovery on the Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch

The Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch, which at the time of launch was only compatible with the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy note 10.1, now supports the Galaxy S3, the Galaxy S4 as well as the Galaxy Note 2 after they received firmware updates this month. The smartwatch though, offers very limited functionalities compared to its high price. However, development for the Gear has seen a steady rise with a way found to install apps on it and also root it. A few days back, we saw how to install a custom ROM on it developed by XDA Senior Member fOmey. And now, fOmey has ported the TWRP custom recovery on it as well.

A custom recovery is important as it allows users to perform many additional functions than those provided by the stock recovery. Users can partition the SD card, mount it for mass storage access, fix permissions, wipe battery stats, perform and restore backups, wipe dalvik cache and do many more things. The TWRP (Team Win Recovery Project) recovery offers a much user friendly and touch-based UI compared to other recoveries. It also supports themes and is certainly one of the most preferred custom recoveries in the Android community. Let us now see how to install it on the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch.

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[How To] Install Custom ROM on the Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch

The Galaxy Gear is Samsung’s Android based smartwatch with a 1.63″ Super AMOLED display , 800 MHz ARM processor, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB internal storage, 1.9 MP camera, Bluetooth 4.0 and a 315 mAh non-removable battery. It originally worked only with the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 10.1, but now supports a few more Samsung devices as and when they are updated.

We had previously seen how to install apps on the Galaxy Gear and also how you can root it. Now,what seems to be a huge step in its development, a custom ROM has been developed for it. Built by XDA Senior Member fOmey, the “null ROM” is based on MK7 stock ROM and is rooted and also deodexed and has a lot of customizing options. Follow the below mentioned steps to install the ROM on the Galaxy Gear.

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[How To] Root the Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch

Smartwatches are fast becoming a rage in the technological world. Heavyweights such as Sony, Samsung, Apple, Blackberry, LG, Google have all been said to be linked with smartwatch development while some of them already having launched their products in the market. These devices lets users to check information in a more convenient way, without having to pull out your smartphones from your pockets. They allow users to take calls, send texts, check notifications and perform various other tasks. It thus acts as a supporting device to your smartphones.

Samsung entered the smartwatch market by launching the Galaxy Gear. Powered by a 800 MHz ARM processor and 512 MB RAM, the Gear has a 1.63″ Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 320×320 and 4 GB internal storage. It also features a 1.9 MP camera, Bluetooth 4.0 and a 315 mAh non-removable battery. It also has a microUSB port but no slot for expandable memory card. Currently, it only supports the Galaxy Note 3 and 10.1 with support for more devices to be made available later. We had previously seen how to install apps on the Galaxy Gear. Let us now see how you can root the device.

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[How To] Install Apps on your Samsung Galaxy Gear

The Samsung Galaxy Gear was launched last month along with the Galaxy Note 3. The Gear is a smartwatch that acts as an extension of your smartphone. It allows you to take calls, send texts, and perform various other tasks from your wrist without touching your phone. It only supports the Galaxy Note 3 and 10.1 at the moment but is expected to work with more devices later. Its feature include a 800 MHz single-core ARM processor, 1.63″ Super AMOLED display, 512 MB RAM and 4 GB internal storage, 1.9 MP camera and Bluetooth 4.0.

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