Samsung shipped 800K Galaxy Gears. Very impressive, but there are some caveats

Yesterday a strange rumor hit the net. Someone saw some Korean site talking about local Samsung Galaxy Gear sales, at around 50 000 units, mis-Google-translated it, and decided that those are the global smartwatch sales. And since such number would be a sign of colossal failure for Samsung, the rumor spread like wildfire.

Today, before the rumors of failure started affecting actual sales, Samsung decided to reveal actual Galaxy Gear numbers to Reuters. And those numbers are pretty good – 800 000 units shipped in less than 2 months since launch.

 Samsung Galaxy Gear

Samsung says that Galaxy Gear sales are better than expected, and I would certainly agree. Shipping almost a million of such strange looking watches, for $300+ apiece, is certainly an impressive feat even for Samsung.

Of course, we are talking about the numbers shipped here, and it is too early to know the real sellthrough for the Gear. Samsung does have a history of touting the early sales, only to quietly forget and discontinue the supposed hit product later. The very first Galaxy Tab comes to mind. And do not forget that a lot of those Gears went for free, bundled with a very popular Galaxy Note 3.

Sammy says it plans to significantly boost marketing spending on Galaxy Gear during the Holiday Shopping Season, so expect even more and better numbers in a few weeks.

As for knowing whether Galaxy Gear is really a success or a dud, we’ll have to wait at least until January when Samsung reports its Q4 results and analysts start asking some pointed questions based on their own channel checks.

Author: Stasys Bielinis

While I like to play with the latest gadgets, I am even more interested in broad technology trends. With mobile now taking over the world - following the latest technology news, looking for insights, sharing and discussing them with passionate audience - it's hard to imagine a better place for me to be. You can find me on Twitter as @UVStaska'

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  • z1george

    They bundled the watch with the overpriced Note3 and made it 0.01$ on the invoice. Nobody on this planet actually payed 300$ for the watch. BTW it only works with the Note3…

  • Staska

    Agreed on bundles, that’s why I said I doubt those numbers. As for working only with Note 3. Nope – Samsung either already update Gear or will very soon update it to work with more phones. There was a press release about it recently

  • rebirthofcool

    apparently, samsung have their ways to clear stocks of unwanted phones or gadgets by bundling their devices for FREE

  • Vlad Bobleanta

    Some APIs needed for the Gear to function properly have only been added in Android 4.3 afaik. That means that support is indeed limited for now, but not to just the Galaxy Note 3 – it’s limited to Samsung Android devices running Android 4.3 or later. Those aren’t very many at the moment (in some parts of the world the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note II are already set to receive such updates, as is the Galaxy S III). As Samsung updates more handsets (hopefully), support will increase. The Gear is clearly a first-gen “beta” type product, that’s aimed at those with money to spare and who have to have the newest “it” thing no matter what. But it’s already gotten better itself, now with support for displaying notifications from all apps. It may get better thru software in the future, or Samsung may just do a Gear 2 which will be better in some way. The price is imho the main issue with the Gear. Which is why these bundles have obviously been successful, though I haven’t seen them in many places – so don’t think all of those sales can be attributed to just bundling.