The Samsung Galaxy Gear is a neat little device and it’s a decent additional to anyone’s gadget collection, but Samsung has announced that the device has an available software update–and not just your typical Android update. Galaxy Gear owners can now update their device to run on Tizen, a new and upcoming OS. The update is completely optional on the Gear, though Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo users receive their devices with Tizen already loaded.
Gear users looking to update to the new Tizen OS can follow these simple steps. Note that updating the OS will delete all data from your Gear and remove any downloaded apps. Back up any data you want to keep before updating!
Update Your Gear to Tizen
Firstly, download and install Kies to your system. You can download it directly from Samsung (safely) here. Once it’s done downloading, the installer will run you through the setup.
Using the provided USB cable, connect your Gear to your system and ensure that Kies recognizes your device. You can find listed devices in the left-bar navigation.
Once the device is connected and recognized, you’ll see this:
Click the Update button and read through the caution pop-up that will appear. Check the “I have read…” box, then both “I agree” boxes, then click “Start Upgrade.”
Navigate through by clicking “Next”, and then Kies will begin downloading the firmware upgrade. It may take a bit depending on your connection.
Once the update is done, you’ll see a screen like this:
This means your upgrade was successfully completed. Click “OK” and disconnect the Gear from your PC; the device will restart and then be ready for use.
Update Your Gear’s Manager
You’ll need to update the Gear Manager on your Galaxy if you have not already done so, and then renew the pairing of the two devices.
Now just run through and reinstall any apps you need, and restore any of the data you backed up before the update, and you’re running Tizen!
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