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Samsung Tizen Update for Galaxy Gear Now Available—If You Want It

by Brandon Russell | July 22, 2014July 22, 2014 7:30 am PST

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Samsung’s new Gear Live might be the company’s latest smartwatch attraction, but the old Galaxy Gear isn’t being forgotten just yet. Owners of the company’s foremost smart wearable were treated to a Tizen OS update on Monday, bringing it up to par with Samsung’s Gear 2, which just came out a few months ago.

What does one get for upgrading? Well, with Tizen, users will get access to about 140 apps—about twice as many as what’s available for the Galaxy Gear. Meanwhile, upgrading will also mean enhanced music playback, including the ability to store music on the wearable and play that back directly through Bluetooth headphones—no phone needed. That’s a pretty neat feature, and means you don’t need your phone while on a run just to listen to Miley Cyrus.

What’s even more notable about the Tizen update is that Samsung actually isn’t forcing Galaxy Gear owners to upgrade. If you’re happy with the experience you have right now, Samsung won’t make you change it up. The incentives, however, should be more than enough to get you to happily make the switch.

In addition to access to a greater app catalog, Tizen also offers an “improved” interface, and more customization options for fonts, wallpapers, icon and more. Samsung also says that health tracking is improved on Tizen, along with better battery. The choice is yours.

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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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