Posts tagged: Galaxy Gear

Only 50,000 Galaxy Gear Smartwatches sold!

 

Ruh Roh Samsung!

 

The Galaxy Gear, Samsung’s wearable tech effort has only sold around 50,000 units according to a report from BusinessKorea.

 

Launched a short time ago in September, the watch has not been received well by critics, or as it turns out, by buyers. It costs $299, it is not standalone, and this is what it looks like:

 

 

Samsung were (/are?) impressed with themselves for getting their version of wearable tech in watch form out first. Especially when the perception is that Apple usually play the role of tech innovators. This was their turn to create history with a first, but should they have waited?

 

The people say …mmmmmmmyeahprobably.

 

The customer and critical reviews of the Galaxy gear have mentioned that it is too bulky, it doesn’t sync with all of their smart-phones, and the battery life, at one day, is nowhere near good enough.

 

Apple is among other tech giants said to be working hard on their own version, named in the press the iWatch. A standalone gadget, it is said that a huge priority for the company is in trying to make the battery last at least four days and have a design aesthetic that will make people who don’t wear a watch currently, want to wear the iWatch.

 

So, kinda sucks for Samsung. But you know what this means, don’t you guys?

 

This can only be a fantastic thing for us, the consumers. Wearable tech, in this case specifically watches can and will only get better from here.

 

And if you were one  of the 50,000 peeps who bought the Galaxy Gear, kudos to you! If things continue in the same vein, now you’re the proud owner of some rare tech. Rare tech is good for the wallet!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Images courtesy of Cheezburger.com & digitaltrends.com

Samsung’s Smartwatch and Galaxy Note III revealed Sept 4th!

 

 

It’s all happening!

 

Samsung has confirmed that come September 4th, they will be holding a special ‘Unpacked Episode 2’ at The IFA in Berlin.

 

IFA, if you’re wondering, is the excellent sounding Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin, or, if you’re one of those people who like things to be explained clearly –  one of the biggest industrial and consumer electronic trade shows in the world.

 

At the IFA last year Samsung unveiled the Note II, and the year before that the Note. It stand to reason that everyone is expecting the unveiling of the Galaxy Note III at this years event. Pretty cool.

 

At their Unpacked Episode 1 on March 15th this year, Samsung launched the Galaxy S4 handset at Radio City Music Hall in NYC. The event was also streamed live to Times square- a flashy  display it is believed they will replicate at the Unpacked Episode 2 event.

 

So what can we expect from this event?

 

As we’ve said- we’re more than likely looking at the unveiling of the the Galaxy Note III,

 

AND ( this bit’s a little bit exciting),

 

Samsung new Smartwatch, purportedly called the Galaxy Gear. Fandroids excite!

 

Samsung are apparently super excited that they get to show the world their Smartwatch before Apple even gets there’s to the gate. The tech world will, of course, be very interested in matching them up against each other when Apple does release their rumored iWatch, and this will very likely happen late this year or early 2014.

 

Until then, though, on September 4th, we will be able to feast our eyes on Samsung’s Galaxy Gear.

 

According to SamMobile, the Smartwatch is likely to come in four different colors with a fifth being released a week later. The colors will be white, orange, gray, black, and the fifth color will be white gold.

 

It is also said to have a 2.5-inch touchscreen display with a camera, speakers, and an accelerometer.  The watch will not be a stand alone device, using bluetooth and NFC to draw data from your smartphone.

 

These are said to be the specs:

  • CPU: Samsung Exynos 4212 dual core 1.5GHz
  • GPU: ARM Mali-400 MP4
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Display: 320×320 (3cm×3cm – 1.67-inches) AMOLED
  • Camera: 2 Megapixel
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth, NFC

 

The Samsung Galaxy Gear will more than likely be available in late September, although it could be pushed back a couple of weeks to early October.

 

 

Although we are admittedly more excited for the announcement and unveiling of Apple’s stand alone iWatch, this device is exciting too and we are looking forward to seeing it!

 

We are especially looking forward to seeing how many people buy the watch, indicating whether or not this wearable device thing is, well, going to be a thing. Will people start wearing watches again if they had stopped? Are we going to be going fully wearable now? What other wearable items can they turn tech? When will the line cross from wearable to implantable? Is this the start of, like, skynet? Are we getting ahead of ourselves?

 

 

The answer to that last one is yes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image courtesy of SamMobile.