The Samsung Galaxy Gear is capable of so much, even if Samsung has limited that capability. It is a full Android device, running Android on a single core processor. So why can’t it do everything our phones can? Well, with a new custom ROM available for the smartwatch, it can.
We previously knew that the Gear could run many Android apps without any modification. Just by enabling USB debugging, you can push apps from your computer to the Gear and fire them up. It’s awesome to use apps like Candy Crush on your watch. But aside from games, you can’t do much without an internet connection.
Instead of connecting to the phone to collect data that the Gear app sends, the ROM allows the device to be connected using Bluetooth tethering. This gives the Gear full internet access, allowing things like browsing the web. Yes, the ROM has a web browser included for your mini searching needs. And in case that isn’t enough, you can now change your wallpaper.
Modifying any device with a custom ROM is obviously dangerous, as you risk bricking it. It’ll also void your warranty, so do it at your own risk. But if you’re up for it, hit the source link for the ROM thread. And if you’re one of the few Gear owners, tell us what you think!