There are plenty of problems with Samsung’s Galaxy Gear, from its somewhat bulky design to the fact that it only works with two of the company’s devices, to the disappointing lack of apps available at launch. But when it comes to that last issue, there may be an easy fix that will grant you full access to the entire Google Play store on the smartwatch’s 1.63-inch AMOLED display.
Our friends over at Ars Technica have uncovered a pretty simple way to sidestep the Galaxy Gear’s clunky built-in software. First, head to the settings menu on the device and click on the checkbox for “USB debug.” Now you can hook the smartwatch up to your computer and use the Android Debug Bridge to start sideloading whatever you want onto Samsung’s wearable device.
There are a few minor restrictions. First of all, you’ve only got 4GB of onboard storage and no way to expand that externally. The Galaxy Gear runs a modified version of Android 4.2.2 with an 800MHz processor and 512MB of RAM, which means you can run most apps, though not all of them. Ars Technica claims they were able to run a few different apps, play MP3s and even watch video on the Gear’s tiny screen. You can check out their demo video below.