Oct 09 AT 1:13 PM Dima Aryeh 12 Comments

Sideload Android apps onto the Galaxy Gear, play Candy Crush on your wrist

Samsung Galaxy Gear Candy Crush

Did you know that the Samsung Galaxy Gear is basically an Android device like every other phone out there, except with weaker hardware and no cellular radios? Yes, it runs basic Android, which means apps should work on this device. And with an 800MHz processor and 512MB of RAM, it should run most apps just fine. In testing, it totally works.

To sideload apps to the device, you’ll have to enable USB debug in settings. After that, you can hook the smartwatch up to your computer and fire up a command prompt. A simple “adb install filename.apk” will install the app for you, while “adb push filename /sdcard” will allow you to push content such as music or movies onto the device. You’ll obviously need the Android SDK installed on your computer for this procedure, but it’s all fairly easy.

From there, apps work just fine for the most part. Nova Launcher, Candy Crush and various media player apps fire up and perform pretty decently for such a slow device. However, internet-based apps like browsers are rendered useless by the Gear’s lack of cellular radios.

While this is not for the general consumer, it’s an awesome chance for tinkerers to get more out of their $300 smartwatch. Finding apps that are actually useful on the device won’t be hard, and you could actually improve the user experience if you find some good ones. And don’t forget, this is just the beginning. The community does amazing things with limited products, so if adoption rates for the Gear pick up, we might see some radical modification in the future. But for now, go start messing around with it if you happen to own one of these!

Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things tech. He does photography, is an avid phone modder (who uses an AT&T Galaxy Note II), a heavy gamer (both PC and 360), and an aspiring home mechanic. He is also an avid fan of music, especially power metal.

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  • JQuest81

    Candy Crush Saga on my wrist?? SOLD!

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  • GfK

    Does it have GPS so I can track my running routes ?

    • Scott

      To some degree it does as it works with the Note 3 to achieve this from my understanding.

  • www.phonewbie.com

    Nooo! The battery life is bad enough.

  • David

    Just get an Omate TrueSmart 3G watch for less

  • robert

    would you be able to sideload google play music onto this? Just realizing this doesn’t have a microsd card slot so you wouldn’t be able to get much music onto this. Hopefully the google version will allow sc card slot so I can use my watch as my mp3 player via bluetooth when working out.

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  • Mags

    That’s pretty cool but I am not trying to look like a freaking power ranger playing candy crush on my wrist.

    • Emma

      Lol… true that

      But this site really helped me out


    I love this watch lol I have now used mobilgo to install as well as adb and angry gran run runs amazingly well as well as camscanner not to mention several others a few more mods and this piece of hardware will be the smart watch I hoped (working on Bluetooth tethering for internet at min to install a web browser) cheers for this :)

  • Emma

    Love me some Candy Crush!