We knew it was coming, but that doesn't make it any less weird to me. Samsung is now rolling out an update to the original Galaxy Gear that effectively removes Android, replacing it with the company's self-built mobile OS, Tizen (which is what the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, and Gear Fit are all running). This immediately raises one question in my mind: since "Galaxy" is Samsung's branding for Android devices, will it just be called "Gear" moving forward? Something to ponder on your Friday morning.
But I digress, there's a good chance this is a smart move. Android simply isn't ready for wearables (in its current state, anyway). We're hearing that, while the updated interface looks very similar to the existing version, the update itself will bring about a several improvements in the performance and battery life departments. Changes like that are always welcome to most users.
An early look at Tizen on the original Gear
It's worth noting that this change will also wipe all user data from the device. Makes sense, as the OS is being completely replaced. Hard to retain that sort of information across platforms.
It's unclear whether or not this update will roll out OTA, but if you just can't wait for the swap, you can grab the manual update from SamMobile; if you'd prefer, however, it's also available via KIES right now.