What does an S4 Zoom have to do with either using the Gear as a full-Android device or using the smartphone it's tethered to instead? Unless you're saying in cases where a Zoom and Gear are paired together using the Gear as an alternative makes sense. But who the hell uses a Zoom as a primary phone any way? Out of all my tech-oriented friends and co-workers I don't even know any one that has or is considering a Zoom. As for the military the "no-no" on smartphones is for security reasons. Circumventing it by using a Gear so no one knows is a great way to cut a military career short. Interesting answers but probably apply to less than 5% of the people here saying they use the Gear as a full-Android device.
Android on the GG1 is now dead. There will be no OS or app updates from Samsung and having known of Samsung's strategy to move the GG1 to Tizen for some time app developers abandoned Android months ago. Tizen for the GG1 has been rolled out to 72 regions in three days. That's the fastest I've ever seen Samsung push-out an update. With the exception of the U.S., it's now fully deployed globally. From this point forward any issues reported to Samsung support will be met with "you need to upgrade to Tizen." So people can stay on Android on the GG1 for as long as they want but the platform itself will die of intentional neglect on Samsung's part. There are only two downsides to Tizen. The loss of swipe up/down from the clock screen to open the camera and a user-selected app and the limited number of apps available. With the GG1 joining the GG2 family on Tizen the latter should/can be corrected as there will be 1M Samsung wearable devices on Tizen now which is a large and attractive audience for developers.
As for "franken-watching" the GG1 on Android like you described, to each their own. To many of us, doing full-size Android "stuff" on a 1.86" display and 800MHz SoC in an uncomfortable position doesn't make a lot of sense. Just because stuff like below can be done doesn't mean it's either effective or practical. Especially when you have a full-size device with a 1080P 5+" display and quad/eight-core SoC nearby. So for those that view their GG1 as a hobby, you're pretty much stuck on Android with what you've currently got being what you'll be living with until the end of time as more XDA devs start to play with and modify Tizen like they did with Android. XDA isn't an Android forum, it's a mobile device forum and going "pffff" at Tizen isn't going to make it go away.
I believe the biggest challenge for tizen will be to overcome what google wear will do with a smart watch. It will also be interesting to see how tizen is affected with the rumored upcoming "Gear Wear"
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