Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 31st May 2014 00:15 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes

Samsung has begun rolling out an update to the Galaxy Gear that will bring over Tizen, the company's in-house OS, to the smartwatch. The update carries software version 2.2.0, and while the entire OS will be replaced, most users won't notice any visual differences. However, quite a few improvements and new features are to be had - improved performance and battery life, features such as an standalone music player (you can store music on the watch itself), customizable shortcuts for tap input, voice commands in the camera, among others.

I'm still waiting on the Tizen phones Samsung has been promising for years. Even though it's essentially 'TouchWiz OS' (in other words, cringe-worthy), it's still an alternative operating system I would love to play with.

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RE[2]: killer feature
by unclefester on Sun 1st Jun 2014 01:28 UTC in reply to "RE: killer feature"
unclefester
Member since:
2007-01-13

Source? I find it too good to believe. If your SoC manufacturer doesn't release new drivers for the newest kernel version, your phone isn't going to be upgraded.



2.16.
Software Update
The system MUST provide a mechanism for updating system
software.

“Live” updating (not requiring a reboot) is not mandatory.

When updating software, user data, application private
data, and application shared data MUST be preserved.


https://source.tizen.org/sites/default/files/page/tizen-2.0-complian...

I assume that all Tizen phones will be sold unlocked with no carrier modifications. Updates will be handled by the manufacturer.

Tizen is basically a preinstalled Linux distro with an unlockable bootloader and mandatory vendor updates. If you aren't willing to provide the drivers you can't get a Tizen licence.

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RE[3]: killer feature
by Ithamar on Sun 1st Jun 2014 17:00 in reply to "RE[2]: killer feature"
Ithamar Member since:
2006-03-20


Software Update
The system MUST provide a mechanism for updating system
software.

“Live” updating (not requiring a reboot) is not mandatory.

When updating software, user data, application private
data, and application shared data MUST be preserved.


This really only tells us that the mechanism to update must be available. There's nothing about it actually being used, so this is no better then Android as far as I can read from this (Android has the whole update.zip stuff in the API and the recovery environment for applying it).

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RE[4]: killer feature
by unclefester on Mon 2nd Jun 2014 03:28 in reply to "RE[3]: killer feature"
unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13

Many Android phones and most Android tablets cannot be upgraded without hacking. This involves unlocking the ROM, backing up data and installing an unsupported custom ROM. This risks bricking and data loss and voids the warranty.

Tizen devices must be upgradeable via OTA or PC based software officially supported by the vendor.

Their is simply no comparison between the two scenarios.

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