Despite a number of less than glowing reviews, Samsung has claimed that the Samsung Galaxy Gear has become the world’s most popular smartwatch with 800,000 unit sales recorded.
According to Reuters, Samsung has stated that early Galaxy Gear sales have been strong, with the 800,000 unit sales recorded during the smartwatch’s first two months on sale, exceeding its manufacturer’s own expectations.
"It's the most sold wearable watch available in the market place,” an official Samsung spokesperson has stated. Looking to the future and the expansion of its wearable offerings, the company added: “We plan to expand its availability by expanding mobile devices that work with the Gear.”
Originally compatible only with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, recent software updates to the company’s past smartphone offers has seen the Galaxy Gear made compatible with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy S3 and new 2014 Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet.
While Samsung has claimed that Galaxy Gear sales are strong, retailers have suggested the smartwatch is struggling, with Best Buy even claiming that return rates for the timepiece have exceeded 30 per cent of all sales.
“The Galaxy Gear attachment rate within Best Buy is the highest among all channels; however the overall return rate is trending above 30 per cent,” leaked papers from the retailer revealed last month.
In a bid to boost struggling sales of the Gear, retailer Phones 4u earlier this month offered the watch for free when customers snapped up the Note 3 on a 24 month contract, cutting of the Gear’s lofty £300 price tag.
In our recent Samsung Galaxy Gear review, we described the Sony Smartwatch 2 rival as: “under supported, overpriced and a rushed effort which has failed to achieve its potential.”
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