Sometimes even a mere advertisement is not enough to save a product from falling. Interestingly, Samsung has been victimized for making such an ill fated device, the Galaxy Gear. Believe or not, Samsung's attempt to create a stir in the wearable computing segment has become talk of the town.
According to a latest report from Far East(via Business Korea), Samsung has sold a disrespectful 50,000 units of Galaxy Gear since its launch. The first generation Galaxy Gear was announced with pomp & show at IFA tech show in September. The report further sheds light on the daily sales of Galaxy Gear. On a daily basis, Samsung is unable to sell more than 900 units globally.
So far the sales figures of Galaxy Gear have been at the bottom. While the report published by Reuters actually applauded Samsung's efforts. In the span of 2 months, Samsung sold a whooping 800,000 units of Galaxy Gear globally.
Before the release of Galaxy Gear, the device was hailed as a competitor to the forthcoming Apple iWatch. Though, Apple hasn't announced its iWatch till now, but Samsung definitely need to launch second generation Galaxy Gear in order to curb iWatch favoritism.
In India, Samsung is promoting Galaxy Gear quite aggressively, but the company hasn't shared any big numbers. The biggest season why Samsung Galaxy Gear didn't fared well is the high price. Priced at Rs. 22,990, the poor performance of Galaxy Gear was predicted the very first day of its launch. Without any thought, an Indian consumer will likely to go for a smart phone with solid performance, rather than a smart watch.
The Galaxy Gear is mere smartphone accessory which cannot be use independently on its own. Users need to have a Samsung branded phone in order to use the Galaxy Gear. Moreover, the Galaxy Gear is compatible with select Samsung handset running the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.
However, later this month Samsung India promised to release "Galaxy Gear compatibility software" update for six handsets (Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note II, Galaxy S4 mini, Galaxy Mega 5.8 and Galaxy S4 zoom) in order to get compatible with the Galaxy Gear.
"The Galaxy Gear is designed and optimized for use with other Galaxy devices to create a seamless experience for our users. Extending the Galaxy Gear compatibility to six Galaxy devices reflects our commitment to delivering more Samsung smartphone users with enhanced flexibility and freedom, thus enriching their mobile experience," said Vineet Taneja, Country Head, Mobiles at Samsung Electronics.
Samsung Galaxy Gear--Highlighted Specifications
Samsung Galaxy Gear features a 1.63-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 320 x 320 pixels. Under the hood, there is a single core 800MHZ processor coupled with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal memory.
Samsung promises up to 25 + hours of battery backup. Samsung Galaxy Gear comes in six dashing colors. The design of Galaxy Gear matters most to a smart watch buyer.
A solid metallic frame (or dial) gives the watch solid feel. It's little chunky and over the top. You can change rubberized wrist bands as per your choice. The watch also comes with a 1.9-mega pixel BSI sensor and 10-second 720p HD video recording is also possible. The makers have added a 315mAh non-removable battery.
The control scheme is quite interesting. You can control the watch via your voice. There are two mics built-in for noise cancellation. Also add a loud speaker. Samsung S Voice is also compatible with Gear smart watch.
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