Samsung Gear S is one of the best in the smartwatch world, providing specifications to match a entry-level smartphone. It’s not Samsungs first try at it, having released other smartwatches and fitness trackers, running Tizen-based and Android-based systems. This time, seems like a developer found a way to run Android Lillipop on is Gear S.
“biktor_gj” is the username of a developer and senior member of XDA Developers Forum, and he’s been successful in the installation of a complete Android Lollipop OS on Samsung’s smartwatch. One can only guess this wasn’t an easy accomplishment, having to root, installing custom recovery (TWRP) as well as custom kernel, and then installing CyanogenMod 12.1 on the device. The result is worth it all though, with a curved AMOLED display running Android Lollipop 5.1.1, it’s a thing to watch (pun intended).
However, this isn’t something an average user is able to achieve and it only works on unlocked GSM variants of the Gear S. Apparently, provider locked devices also lock the bootloader, and while it might be possible to make this installation, this developer still hasn’t found a solution for it.