Newsletters
News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Click for more information, or
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
Advertisement
Free Gartner Report:
Drive innovation & collaboration
with the "Everyone's IT" approach.

View the research report
.
Enterprise I.T.
Is your endpoint data protected?
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
Has Samsung Really Sold 800,000 Smart Watches?

Has Samsung Really Sold 800,000 Smart Watches?
By Jennifer LeClaire

Share
Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Share on Google Plus

The news that Samsung shipped 800,000 of its Galaxy Gear smart watches is a response to some Korean news reports that were listing extremely low sales of the Galaxy Gear. If Samsung sells 800,000 Galaxy Gear smart watches to actual people over the holidays that would be a strong showing, said analyst Avi Greengart.
 


When Samsung’s Galaxy Gear came to market, the reviews were less than stellar. In other words, it was hardly an Apple-like debut. But the smart watch may be hitting the market harder than some expected. Samsung released sales figures for the Gear, reporting more than 800,000 units have shipped since the wearable technology debuted in September.

"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.

What the Gear Actually Does

The Galaxy Gear notifies users of incoming messages, such as calls, texts, e-mails and alerts, delivers a preview of those messages and creates the opportunity for users to accept or discreetly ignore those messages. When an incoming message requires more than a quick glance, users can pick up their Samsung GALAXY devices and the Smart Relay feature will instantly reveal the full content on the screen.

The built-in speaker allows users to conduct hands-free calls directly from the Gear. For example, a user leaving the grocery store, whose hands are full with shopping bags, could still make a call by speaking into the Gear without touching the screen. Users can also draft messages, create new calendar entries, set alarms, and check the weather on the Gear with S Voice.

But although the phone has many compelling features, it failed to overly impress industry reviewers. So is that 800,000 number inflated? We asked Avi Greengart, a principal analyst at Current Analysis, for his take on the data. He told us he’s waiting on clarification from Samsung, but it seems that the number does not reflect how many smart watches consumers have actually purchased.

Putting It Into Perspective

“It’s still a pretty large number. Samsung clearly thinks it’s going to sell well over the holidays once they add Galaxy S4 support. Right now, this is a product that really only works when you are out and about with a Galaxy Note 3,” Greengart said.

Based on Greengart's experience, Samsung has done a fine job marketing the smart watch. When someone sees him wearing a smart watch they ask him if it’s the Galaxy Gear. He called the advertising campaign strong even if most of the reviews were weak.

“Samsung has promised that Galaxy S4 support is coming really soon and that will open up the market to a lot more people who would probably return it if they bought it today,” Greengart said. “Samsung had said early that it would be a limitation and that they are going to expand it to a lot more Galaxys.”

Greengart is betting Samsung’s announcement is a response to some Korean news reports that were listing extremely low sales of the Galaxy Gear. He said if Samsung sells 800,000 smart watches to actual people over the holidays that would be a strong showing.

“By comparison the Pebble smart watch, which is the watch I am wearing now, sold just under 200,000,” he said. “And Pebble is a small company. They don’t have the resources that Samsung does.”
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



Get Powerful App Acceleration with Cisco. In a world where time is money, you need to accelerate the speed at which data moves through your data center. Cisco UCS Invicta delivers powerful, easy-to-manage application acceleration for data-intensive workloads. So you can make decisions faster and outpace the competition. Learn More.


 Enterprise I.T.
1.   Target Data Breach Cost: $148 Million
2.   Data Stolen from U.S. Health Network
3.   Cisco Axes 6,000 Employees
4.   Are Robots Poised To Steal Our Jobs?
5.   NSA Brings German Encryption Boom


advertisement
Target Data Breach Cost: $148 Million
Better customer data protection needed.
Average Rating:
Data Stolen from U.S. Health Network
Chinese hackers targeted hospital firm.
Average Rating:
Cisco Axes 6,000 Employees
Company is facing declining profits.
Average Rating:
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Cost of Target Data Breach: $148 Million Plus Loss of Trust
The now infamous Target data breach is still costing the company -- and its shareholders -- plenty. In fact, the retailing giant forecast the December 2013 incident cost shareholders $148 million.
 
Aruba Networks Handles Black Hat with Aplomb
It's not an easy job. Aruba Networks' task throughout the Black Hat USA conference in Las Vegas this month was to ensure thousands of attendees could connect without malicious attacks.
 
Chinese Hackers Nab Info on Millions of U.S. Patients
A group of Chinese hackers has stolen the personal information, including names and Social Security numbers, of about 4.5 million patients at hospitals operated by Community Health Systems.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Three New Lenovo PCs Aimed at Business Users
Businesses everywhere want computing solutions that do more for less money, and Lenovo has unveiled three new desktop PCs that offer solid computing at a budget-minded price.
 
Aruba Networks Handles Black Hat with Aplomb
It's not an easy job. Aruba Networks' task throughout the Black Hat USA conference in Las Vegas this month was to ensure thousands of attendees could connect without malicious attacks.
 
Compression, Deduplication Come to Violin Concerto 2200
Violin Memory has announced that data deduplication and compression capabilities are now available on its Concerto 2200 solution. Typically, users will experience deduplication rates between 6:1 and 10:1.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Apple Stock Soars Ahead of iPhone 6 Launch
The imminent release of the iPhone 6 -- and maybe even an iWatch -- has sent Apple's stock soaring to new heights. Considering what else the firm could have up its sleeve -- the stratosphere may be the limit.
 
HTC Debuts Windows Phone Version of One M8 Smartphone
HTC is bringing the Windows Phone mobile OS to its flagship One M8 device -- the first time any mainstream flagship smartphone has been offered with a choice of operating systems.
 
Verizon Earns Top Rating in Mobile Network Comparison
A new report says Verizon Wireless was the top-performing U.S. cellphone service provider in the first half of 2014, on a nationwide and state-by-state basis, as well as in metro areas.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | CRM Systems | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.