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Samsung to roll out Tizen upgrade for original Galaxy Gear smartwatch

updated 01:42 pm EDT, Fri May 30, 2014

Samsung eschewing Google Wear platform for home-grown Tizen

Despite being a Google Wear partner, Samsung is updating its original Galaxy Gear smartwatch to its in-house Tizen operating system. Tizen is currently being used for the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo. Samsung's Gear Fit wearable is not being updated to Tizen, and is remaining on its proprietary OS, at least for now.

According to enthusiast site Sammobile, the update carries most of the improvements in the Gear 2 to the original release. The Gear can now keep track of workouts in real time, measure sleep patters, as well as having Samsung's music player added to the device, where it didn't before. The only features missing seem to be WatchON remote and the Heart Rate monitor, both features not implemented in the hardware of the original device.

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