Jan 21 AT 3:31 PM Dima Aryeh 8 Comments

Galaxy Gear can be used with Nexus 5, if you get a little dirty with sideloading

Samsung Galaxy Gear

The Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch has some awesome features, but unfortunately, Samsung decided to limit its compatibility to only Galaxy devices. And not even all Galaxy devices, just a few with Android 4.3. Not only does this limit the amount of money Samsung can make from the watch, but it also keeps people from using what could be a good product just because they like other devices.

However, the developer community has done it again. Some folks have figured out how to get the Galaxy Gear mostly working with the Nexus 5, an AOSP device with absolutely no previous support for the watch. It’s a bit of a long process involving taking APKs out of a file and installing them all manually. But once everything is installed, the Galaxy Gear will work! Everything but S-Voice and Weather will function as it should.

Strangely, this method doesn’t seem to work on many devices, but it’s been proven to work with the Nexus 5. But don’t expect it to work forever, as any changes Samsung may make to the Gear Manager app may break this compatibility, whether it was intentional or not. So don’t go buying a Galaxy Gear to use with your Nexus 5, but if you happen to have a Nexus 5 alongside a Samsung device, this will be an awesome modification for you! Hit the source link to find the full instructions and give it a shot yourself.

Via: Android Central

Source: Smartwatch Fans

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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  • jhosep

    Eso sirve cob el galaxy note 2 SGH-T889 si sirve quiero uno

  • nick

    Best title ever.

  • thel0nerang3r

    That’s tricky business… though I don’t see why Samsung would do it… a firmware update could break the connection to non-approved devices. The watch is not of much use without the phone.

  • rr2009

    What about other devices, Sony or LG?

  • GE918

    Samsung could sell more Gears to the people who already have Galaxy devices that are compatible if wasn’t priced so high.

  • donger

    Will I buy one? No.

  • Fonz

    Welcome to a month ago… Everything works on mine except S voice, weather. Music control. But phone calls work fine. I can also Bluetooth tether to go online with the Gear running Null ROM

    Running Nexus 5 with Gear null 18

  • Gizmog.com

    Wow…Now we can use Samsung Galaxy Gear with Google Nexus 5. The smartwatch is really a very cool gadget. I like this smartwatch very much and wanted to buy it. but earlier it was compatible with only galaxy 4 and note 3. After this update i want to purchase Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch asap.