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Samsung Claims to Have Shipped 800K Galaxy Gear Units, No Word on How Many Actually Sold

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Supposed sales figures for the Galaxy Gear smartwatch made the rounds yesterday, putting the device at only 50,000 units sold after two months of availability. Samsung was quick to fire back with numbers of its own, stating that they had shipped 800,000 watches, a figure that even went beyond Samsung’s own sales expectations. Although, as Samsung probably knows, there is a big difference between units shipped and units actually sold. 

Given Samsung’s determination at moving these devices, with its massive multi-million dollar marketing budget, the company will more than likely always speak highly in public about the device. Samsung executives have claimed that when you are working with innovation, it sometimes takes patience to find the winning formula.

What helps is that Samsung continues to update the unit to allow for additional functionality, something it probably should have been shipped with. Either way, it’s clear that this has been a major learning process for Samsung, and since they have the money to experiment, we won’t knock them for it.

Via: The Verge

  • ObviousNinja2

    Shipped is not a good enough number Samsung. I want to know how many losers bought this.

  • Balansi Kherwyn

    50k sold and only Note3 was able to use it? Not bad actually. Now if all Samsung phones are all able to support it..maybe… just maybe that 50k will increase.

  • sfasljkas

    Um had you actually verified the data mostly apple fansites spun it as 50k sold worldwide when the source they gave referred to domestic costumers the source is business korea so it was sales for South Korea only

  • Tim242

    DL…the new BGR

  • itsacardigan

    Other than the price….I’m not real sure why everyone keeps knocking the Gear. Unless I’m missing something….the Gear does everything (minus battery life) the Pebble does plus more. But still the Pebble gets all kinds of praise. What am I missing?

    • Kevin


    • I’ve used it. It’s easy to tell why:

      – Most of the notifications just say “look at your device” (Gmail, for instance)
      – It’s a bit slow
      – Battery life isn’t what you’d hope for in a smartwatch (a Pebble lasts for days)
      – Stiff wristband
      – Limited device compatibility (Note 3 and GS4 variants, mostly)

    • crazed_z06

      It’s popular to hate on Samsung these days. No different that how people hate on Apple just because it’s Apple.

    • ki11ak3nn

      Yeah for me it’s the price. Plus I don’t need a camera on my wrist. So the Pebble just works better for most consumers.

    • Blue Sun

      It’s limited compatibility to only recent Samsung devices is reason for not liking it.

    • Alex


      You can clearly tell that most of the mainstream media writers went into their reviews wanting to find faults. Wanting it to fail. Wanting to criticize it. Even before seeing it or giving it a fair chance.

      Honestly, if Apple had released this design, as opposed to this pre-emptive criticism from the media, it would have met pre-emptive praise.

      I’m not a watch wearing person, but when I accidentally stumbled upon the Gear at a Verizon store while checking out the Note 3, I was surprised at how elegant and sophisticated it looked. Much more premium looking than the Pebble or any other alternative.

      I reckon it would also be a good move to add a second design that’s more feminine, so that it would have a broader appeal. The only mistake Samsung made was limiting the Gear to only 2 devices on launch.

  • Kevin

    Didn’t they technically sell 800k units though? They sold them to the retailers. Unless Samsung operates their business a different way.

    • crazed_z06

      THe shipped vs sold argument is what you usually hear on Apple boards. They always discount Samsung figures because Samsung might report “10 million Galaxy S4s shipped” .. Apparently the Apple fans (and Droid Life) think retailers are in the business of buying product just to make Samsung look better. Somewhere, there are 800k Galaxy Gears and 10 million S4s collecting dust in retailer warehouses.

      • Tim242

        DL is slowly becoming BGR.

      • Kevin

        So retailers sell whatever they can and what doesn’t get sold goes back to Samsung?

        • Tim242

          No, it doesn’t. I work in a cell phone store. The only devices that we ship out are traded in phones for recycle. We have never shipped any devices back to manufacturers. That is a silly notion started by iSheep

        • crazed_z06

          I dont think so. If the stuff doesnt sell, the retailer takes the hit. They might have to drop the price and cut their losses to liquidate the inventory. Sometimes a wholesaler might buy the stuff back, but I dont think Samsung would be making so much money if they were buying back all their shipped inventory.

  • Shane Thomas

    A fool is easily parted with their money.

  • Pierito

    Lol how many were returned by retailers?

    • Richard Yarrell

      +Droid Life​ is the biggest stock android fanboy hater anti Samsung site in technology

      It’s sad conclusion they aren’t capable of just reporting what needs to be reported +Geek.com​ or +Android Central​ they are not.

      At the end of the day Samsung sold far more Galaxy Gear devices than those crappy Motorola X or battery draining and crappy camera Nexus 5 devices.

      • Pierito

        Are you a robot? Real Question.

      • mustbepbs

        Aren’t you one of those Samsung employees that was caught giving positive reviews?

        • Adrynalyne

          Ha, the comment was deleted.

          • michael arazan

            I thought there was a 30+% return rate because people found they either didn’t have much usefullness or wouldn’t pair with their devices. I thought I read some article, maybe ibtimes, that said for 3 sold 2 were returned at vzw and BB

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  • Ray Gray

    well they were sold just not to consumers…