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I know many of you requested me to show you how to install APK files to your Galaxy Gear using ADB and this will allow you to install any regular Android apps onto your Galaxy Gear.
Now, not all Android apps work out of the box on the Galaxy Gear but you will find many do work including Nova launcher, which can give you a fresh, vanilla Android UI over Galaxy Gear’s watch UI.
By installing APK files to your Galaxy Gear, you can essentially turn it into a standalone Android device. And of course enjoy regular Android apps not offered by the Samsung App Store.
Step 1. Go to Settings->Gear info on your Galaxy Gear.
Step 2. Make sure “USB debug” is checked ON then connect a micro-USB cable from your Galaxy Gear to your computer. (Yes, you will need to put your USB cover back on.)
Step 3. Download and unzip fastboot.zip.
Download and copy over any APK files you want to install such as Nova launcher, games, and other apps. You can simply Google any APK files you want to download, usually you will be able to find it easily using Google. (e.g. Google “Angry Birds APK” for Angry Birds)
You can download Nova launcher APK here that I used in the video.
Step 4. If you are using Mac or Linux, you don’t need drivers so skip this step. If you are using Windows, make sure you see “SAMSUNG Android ADB Interface” in your Device Manager. If you don’t see it, download and install Samsung USB drivers, then unplug and re-plug the micro-USB cable to your Galaxy Gear.
Step 5. Open a terminal for Mac/Linux or command prompt for Windows. (If you don’t know how to do this, please Google it!)
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