Samsung offers its Tizen OS to original Gear smartwatch owners

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In a move unlikely to win any friends at Google, Samsung is giving users of its Galaxy Gear smartwatch a choice to switch from Android to the company’s Tizen OS.

This comes after a recent report that Google executives are unhappy with Samsung over the Korean company’s effort to push Tizen on its smartwatches instead of Android Wear.

Samsung introduced the Galaxy Gear in 2013, running a variant of Android reconfigured to work on a watch. Since that time, Google has released Android Wear, its own version of Android created specifically for such wearables. While most Samsung watches are powered by Tizen, the company does sell the Android Wear-powered Gear Live through the Google Play Store.

According to Samsung, Gear owners who switch to Tizen will get access to 140 Tizen apps and have the ability to store music and play it back through Bluetooth headphones. It also includes the standard Tizen customization features, such as the ability to choose different icons, fonts, and wallpapers.

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