Samsung Electronics is among the first companies to offer smart watch with advanced capabilities designed to work in tandem with leading-edge smartphones. Unfortunately for the company, the product has failed to become truly popular on the market. A media report claims that Samsung has only managed to sell 50 thousand units of its Galaxy Gear devices worldwide.
After nearly two months on the market, cumulative Samsung Galaxy Gear sales are only 50 thousand units, according to BusinessKorea.co.kr web-site. Daily sales of the device have reached 800 – 900 units, which well below daily sales of even most advanced and expensive smartphones and tablets. Earlier it was reported that return rate of Samsung Galaxy Gear is over 30% in the U.S.
While Samsung can clearly be concerned about slow sales of its promising device, many industry observers believe that there are products which are rather designed for research of the market, not for market success. Those research vehicles allow to determine what end-users want from the category as well as to test drive enabling technologies. In fact, Samsung has reportedly stopped production of Galaxy Gear at 50 thousand units.
“These Samsung products are more of a test than revolutionary. Customers and producers have more interest in Samsung’s next models for release next year,” said an expert with knowledge of the matter.
Samsung Galaxy Gear is based on a custom 800MHz application processor and is equipped with 1.63” Super AMOLED display with 320*320 resolution. The product features Bluetooth 4.0+BLE, accelerometer, gyroscope, 4GB internal memory, 512MB RAM as well as Li-ion 315mAh battery. At present Galaxy Gear is only compatible with Google Android 4.3-based smartphones and tablets.
Samsung Galaxy Gear notifies users of incoming messages, such as calls, texts, emails and alerts, delivers a preview of those messages and to accept or discreetly ignore those messages. Users can also control the music played on their Samsung Galaxy devices. As with traditional music players, it helps users browse, play and pause songs even when their smart device is not within reach. Finally, the Galaxy Gear also works like a Pedometer to track physical activity via enhanced, built-in sensor technology. The built-in speaker allows users to conduct hands-free calls directly from the Gear, maintaining connections to their mobile communications without disrupting their daily routines. Users can also draft messages, create new calendar entries, set alarms, and check the weather on the Galaxy Gear with S Voice. The device also features 1.9MP camera to shoot photos and videos.
Samsung did not comment on the news-story.