LG G Watch gets its first custom ROM, reportedly improves overall performance

July 8, 2014
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LG G Watch unboxing initial setup (4 of 13)

Although the first Android Wear watches are now available from Samsung and LG, the platform is still very much in its infancy and that means only a limited number of apps and other ‘extras’ exist. Still, there’s a lot of potential for Android Wear thanks to its open nature, and that includes the potential for custom ROMs.

Thanks to the efforts of RootzWiki developer jakeday, we now have the very first Android Wear ROM, built for the LG G Watch. Jakeday is known for creating ROMs that are very lightly modified from stock Android, with most of the improvements focused on making the experience smoother. The new G Watch ROM, dubbed Gohma, is no exception, bringing optimizations that reportedly deliver better battery life and reduced lag when switching between screens. There’s likely at least a few other tweaks hiding under the hood as well.

The install process is different from the typical Android ROM installation, and appears to be a good deal easier. Essentially you need to have USB debugging enabled on your watch, and then it’s a matter of hooking up to your PC and running a simple executable file found within a ZIP.

While Gohma might not be a dramatic departure from the stock Android Wear experience, if it’s improvements work as claimed, it could still help enhance the G Watch’s performance. Equally important, the existence of Gohma serves as a proof of concept of sorts and could be the first of many Android Wear ROMs.

What do you think, like the idea of Android Wear modding, or do you feel that the Google Now-centric experience is best left alone? For more details on how to install the ROM, or to download it, you’ll want to head over to the RootzWiki forums.

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