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Update: Samsung has confirmed that it meant 800k shipments – not sales. The confusion might have resulted from Samsung's claim that the Gear is the best selling smart watch, which might still be true. We don't know how many have actually been sold, or if that rumored 50k sales number from last week is accurate.

Samsung's foray into the nascent smart watch market has not been as much of a failure as some recent reports would have you believe. The company just announced that the Galaxy Gear has sold about 800,000 units in its first two months of availability. That makes it the most popular smart watch in the world.

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Samsung is closing in on the million device threshold despite largely negative reviews for the Gear when it was launched alongside the Galaxy Note 3. In fact, Samsung's other devices are still in the process of getting updated to work with the Gear – the Note 3 was the only compatible phone for much of the last two months. That makes the sales numbers that much more impressive.

The Galaxy Gear has a 1.63-inch AMOLED screen, an 800MHz ARM chip, 4GB of storage, and Bluetooth 4.0 LE. It doesn't get the same long battery life as something like the Pebble, but it has the potential to show more rich information. Of course, it works best with Samsung's built-in apps. Even at $300 the Gear is apparently doing just fine.

[Reuters, The Verge]

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  • Franco Rossel

    Only beacuse they bundle it to the GNote 3.

    • hot_spare

      Still hurts? I am sure you wanted it to fail so much like every other product you don't like.

      • Franco Rossel

        Hurt? I couldn't be more indifferent. It was just an opinion. Next time attack my argument, not me.

        • hot_spare

          Apply some cold water..

          • Franco Rossel

            Not feeding the troll.

  • Colin Richardson

    Can independant people write apps for the Gear? I've not really heard anything about the watch until I seen an advert at the cinema for it.

  • http://www.youtube.com/kimirPORTALS kimir

    I read somewhere that they only sold 50k Gears, but Samsung shipped 800k. Is that not true? If not, congrats to Samsung.

    • zk7841

      I am pretty sure that 50k number is from a different report stating the number of Gears they sold in Korea alone

  • troph

    Goes to show how many people will buy anything Samsung...

    • Magneira

      As with apple...

      • Paul

        Sometimes I feel like Samsung is Apple but they're really not. HTC is more like Apple with their non-removable batteries and non-upgradeable storage (no microsd) and their move away from keyboards. Samsung still allows removable batteries, microsd cards, etc. so they're still offering choice. I go with what's best and right now Samsung makes some of the best Android phones out there, and being wildly popular means finding accessories and support for it is easier. But it doesn't mean I'm loyal to Samsung like Apple's fans are to them, I'd jump ship in a minute if something truly truly better, not comparable, came out. So for now I'm in the Samsung camp, but in a few months I could be in HTC, Motorola, Sony, LG, Acer, Huawei or ZTE's camp (heh, ok, those last 2 were a joke). I love my Note 2, I wanted the Note 3 but I'm annoyed at the locked bootloader so I may go Nexus 5 but I'm not a big fan of LG nor the no-microsd thing. Decisions decisions.

    • ddpacino

      They've built up a cult fanbase... just like Apple. I had a sip of that koolaid until they pissed me off with their damn late updates, and pentile displays.

  • simp1istic

    It makes me so terribly sad that they sold more than the pebble. It's quite a bit worse.

    • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

      Luckily, with the update, it sounds like they probably didn't. The Pebble still deserves top billing. It started all of this and it's still the closest thing to "right."

  • Steve Freeman

    In other news: Consumers are still dumb.

    • Dean Politis

      No, reporters are. They didn't check their facts. They shipped that many. Consumers are smarter than you think.

      • Steve Freeman

        They're still dumb enough to have purchased 50k of them.

  • ddowner001
    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Reuters said sold.

      We've reached out to Samsung who already got back to us saying they're verifying the quote with Samsung Korea.

      Edit: TheVerge said they confirmed with Samsung Korea that it was shipped.

      • Tech Guru

        but shipped DOES equal sold. or do you think they gave those devices to retailers for free?

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          Yes, it means Samsung sold them, but not retailers. The difference is important, and the unsold to consumers stock may end up getting returned or heavily discounted later.

        • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

          It does NOT mean sold. Sold means a consumer has it in their hands in exchange for money. A retail chain can buy 500,000 of something, but manage to sell 50 of them because nobody wants them. If we're trying to measure the success of the item, do we go by the number that reached consumer hands, or the number sitting in a warehouse? Because in that case the Microsoft Kin was a very successful phone.

          • Tech Guru

            I don't care how you try to spin it. retailers are called retailers for a reason--they resell.

            the items they received from Samsung was sold to them, not given to them.

          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            Then your logic defeats the ENTIRE purpose of sales numbers 100%. It becomes the most useless metric possible, and not worthy of any news whatsoever.

            "I sold 800,000 widgets to retailers! Look how popular my product is!"

            Retailers: "Yes, but we managed to sell only 35,000 of those, and we're returning the rest to you."

            "Doesn't matter! I sold 800,000 first, and that proves people LOVE my product."

            Sales numbers are based on the number that get sold TO CUSTOMERS. Period. The middle man is NOT relevant to the figure if the figure is meant to represent success. How many products hit the hands of consumers in exchange for money? That tells us success. How many flooded sales channels but may or may not have been ignored by people who didn't give a crap about them isn't useful except to someone trying to hide a failure.

          • Major_Pita

            Retailers: "Yes, but we managed to sell only 35,000 of those, and we're returning the rest to you." Are seriously delusional enough to think retailers get to do that with this type of merchandise?
            Move along. Next...

          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            No, I was providing an analogy. In many cases, yes, they DO get to return the merchandise. Quite a few. But in many other cases they need to fire sale them, offload them to someone else to do so, or eat the cost. Regardless, shipped DOES NOT equal sold. That's my only point.

          • Tech Guru

            Samsung makes huge profits--nearly identical to Apple so they must be doing something right since we always hear the very same lame ass "shipped vs sold" arguments.

          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            Which says what, exactly, about this specific discussion?

  • Kenny O

    I still have yet to see one in the wild, just on display at Best Buy.

  • Dean Politis
    • ddpacino

      Ahhhhhhh

  • Danny Holyoake

    Shipped. Not sold.

    They shipped so many because of the Galaxy Note 3 bundles.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Fucking Reuters.

    • hot_spare

      Apple also gives you 'Shipped' numbers. For (almost) all companies, anything that goes into the channel, is sold. Why does nobody bother to question Apple or other companies when they give you the 'shipped' data? It looks like people don't like the fact that Samsung is selling everything you can think about and people are just 'hurt' to acknowledge that.

    • Major_Pita

      Doesn't matter if they're 'shipped' or not with respect to Samsung.
      Samsung does not sell direct to consumers, they sell to re-sellers, unlike Apple, who sells both through their own corporate stores as well as through re-sellers.
      So... once more, re-sellers are Samsung's customers - not individual end users.
      A 'shipped' Samsung unit is a sold Samsung unit.

  • Simon Belmont

    Hate to say it. They've SHIPPED 800,000, not SOLD.

    See: http://www.theverge.com/2013/11/19/5121212/samsung-galaxy-gear-smartwatch-sales-figures . From what I've gathered they've only actually sold about 200,000. I've heard there is a very large return rate as well.

    • Hoggles

      They've only sold 50,000. And that is confirmed by Sammobile.

  • Roy Harrigan

    I heard they only sold 50,000.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/77537273@N03/ Herman

    It's all because it is bundled with the Galaxy Note 3. Making it seem like a 'free accessory', since most people aren't aware what they're exactly paying for their devices on contract. I bet on-contract purchases of the Galaxy Gear in combination with the Note 3 make up for over 90% of its sales.

    Samsung has clever marketing, I can give them that.

    • Paul

      It's not 'bundled' it's an incredibly expensive upgrade. Not worth it. Personally I'm not a watch fan but if I were I'd go with the Omate TrueSmart, seems to be superior to the Gear.

      • http://www.flickr.com/photos/77537273@N03/ Herman

        Samsung markets it as "this and this and this for only x $!". That's what I call 'bundled', as people don't know based on that what a part of the bundle costs, so they don't know what they actually pay for the Galaxy Gear.

  • Thomas

    Sure..

    • Thomas

      Aww no animated gifs :(

  • Lexster

    To be fair, most of the negative reviews i saw were based upon the fact that the watch was limited in it's notification capability. They've apparently fix that now. I don't remember anyone saying the watch itself was bad, quality of software-wise. For me, it is a bit too expensive still, though.

    • Paul

      Not a watch person myself, interferes with my arm resting on the laptop when typing, but if I were to go with a watch I'd consider the Omate TrueSmart over the galaxy gear, technically it's superior.

    • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

      Most of the complaints are with the awful battery life, screen that's not visible in sunlight, inability to glance at it to see the time without having to lift it halfway to my face, and it being limited to only a small select group of phones. Plus the price. The notification limitation was merely icing on the cake, and something many of us assumed would be fixed, unlike the rest. So no, that was hardly the only bad review point.

  • Hoggles

    According to Sammobile...they've sold an abysmal 50,000.

  • Rami

    This article has been shipped to over 3 billion readers around the globe....

  • nellyh

    I really don't care how many were sold I got mine for 57 bucks bundled with my note 3 so is that a sale since I bought it for $250 less than what it's being "sold" at ?

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