Samsung shifts 800,000 Galaxy Gear smartwatches

Samsung shifts 800,000 Galaxy Gear smartwatches

Summary: Given even the whiff of success, how long until the likes of Google, and possibly even Apple and Amazon, starts horning in on the smartwatch market?

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Are smartwatches the next big thing in consumer electronics, or are they nothing more than a fad, fulfilling our desire for a Joe 90-esque spy device?

Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch
(Source: Samsung)

According to Reuters, Samsung has sold 800,000 units over the past two months (although some outlets are insisting that this figure represents units shipped to retailers, and not actually sold to consumers).

"It's the most sold wearable watch available in the market place ... and we plan to expand its availability by expanding mobile devices that work with the Gear," Samsung said in a statement.

At present the $300 Galaxy Gear only connects to the Galaxy Note 3 phablet, which severely limits the overall appeal of the smartwatch to the wider Android crowd. However, according to Samsung's own figures, it has sold some 5 million of these since the end of September, and crunching the numbers this would suggest that around 15 percent of Galaxy Note 3 devices are hooked up to a Galaxy Gear smartwatch.

Some takeaways to consider:

  • Maybe, just maybe there something to this smartwatch thing, and that by essentially being first on the scene in volume – the Pebble smartwatch has been around for some time, but has only sold some 190,000 units – Samsung may be on a roll as the early bird.
  • As Samsung expends both the markets that the Galaxy Gear is available in and the devices that it will work with, this could give the smartwatch added appeal.
  • Given even the whiff of success, how long until the likes of Google, and possibly even Apple and Amazon, starts horning in?
  • One of the key successes of Samsung's Galaxy S3/S4 line of smartphones is how well it fits into BYOD situations. Is there BYOD potential for a smartwatch.

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Topics: Mobility, Android, Hardware

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  • They shifted 800k of them?

    What does the title of this article mean?

    And "•Maybe, just maybe there something"

    You mean "Maybe, just maybe there's something"???

    Where's the other shoe?
    kippow
    • How Samsung works

      Look s at the figures for the original Galaxy Tab.

      When it shipped Samsung claimed a pretty high sales figure for the first quarter.

      That figure remained their total sales for almost a year.
      Henry 3 Dogg
  • "Reuters says Samsung says they 'sold' 800K Gear"

    There, I fixed that headline for you.
    matthew_maurice
    • spell check is correct, word is wrong

      Shipped
      plow boy 6690
    • Now fix this one...

      "As Samsung expends both the markets..." ("...EXPANDS both the markets...").
      nfordzdn
  • I'd buy one

    for about $50
    apoteke
    • I might pay a little more, maybe $75

      I have a Pebble that does most of what I want, but my S4 doesn't work (yet) with the Gear, and the Gear is about 30% too big. Maybe 2nd generation will address those issues and they can shift [sic] one to me. I hope @Keith's battery experience is close to accurate. Competition improves the breed.
      common sense
  • Good old Samsung, using Microsoft sales math...

    "According to Reuters, Samsung has sold 800,000 units over the past two months (although some outlets are insisting that this figure represents units shipped to retailers, and not actually sold to consumers)."

    I've only seen one person with a Galaxy device that actually supports this thing that has one. I'm sure a few others bought them, and now regret the decision.

    Having played with one in a Best Buy, the watch reminds me of the iPod Nano 6/7, but not executed as well. Had Apple added the connectivity features to iPod Nano and had it working well with the iPhone, we'd hear a large chorus of "proof once again that Samsung can copy ideas but can't execute for $#!^." I'll give them a little credit on mashing up that Nano with a walkie-talkie I had as a kid and adding a craptastic camera in the process, but I'm not surprised that even the shipped numbers haven't hit a million yet.
    Champ_Kind
  • Gear is great!

    Take no notice of the reviews. They are all wrong on simple facts. And their opinions remind me of the same reviewers dismissal of the Note.

    Example of inaccurate reviews. They all say the battery doesn't even do 24 hours. Fact: I wore my Gear from 7 AM to 11 PM yesterday; took two pictures; made one phone call of about 6 minutes; received 50 to 100 notifications; sent a ChatOn walkie talkie message; counted my 9,500 steps. At the end of the day my battery had 80% left. I only recharge it every other day and mostly could go three days.

    When reviews are that far off the truth - best to read them with care.

    For example, they will also tell you that the notifications are worthless. Believe me, the notifications are great - thus the reviews are worthless.

    I'm sure 800,000 is probably a marketing number. But by this time next year I wouldn't be surprised if the real number for Gear and Gear 2 is over 8,000,000.
    keith.manning@...
  • Smart Watches

    Just a fad IMHO ;>}
    electric800
  • "Dork factor"

    "Dork" factor...

    Let's be honest; one of the real reasons that nobody will buy this is the fact you look like an total dork wearing it. It makes you look like you ride the little bus and your whereabouts are being monitored by a mental health facility.

    "What did I get for Christmas? Only the most awesomest gift of all time! It's a clunky, tacky watch that lets me do some things that my phone already does, but without the cool apps and easily readable screen."

    This thing is sure to get large numbers of high school kids beat up.

    Epic fail.
    ribzilla