Gohma: First custom Android Wear ROM comes to the LG G Watch


Custom ROMs are a common commodity for Android users, with CyanogenMod being so ubiquitous as to be the default operating system for at least one flagship smartphone. But Android Wear devices are now available worldwide, meaning it’s just about time for a developer somewhere to improve the smartwatch software Google has shipped.

A new custom ROM for the LG G Watch being called Gohma has been released by RootzWiki developer jakeday. His builds are known to be very slight variations on stock Android, and it appears that this release isn’t much different. Once you have it installed, you’ll find minor performance improvements (such as less lag when swiping between screens), and battery life improvements.

The install isn’t exactly the same process as installing a custom Android ROM. Rather than just flashing it in recovery, you’re going to have to make sure USB debugging is enabled on the watch and run a simple executable file. But that’s pretty easy to do and you’ll also be getting what the developer is calling “other surprises” with this install. If you figure out what these are, let us know in the comments below.

If you want to get your hands dirty and install Gohma, head over to the RootzWiki forums and give it a download.

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