Over the past couple days, you may have read reports that suggest the Samsung Galaxy Gear is a flop because it has only sold 50,000 units. But in actual fact, it’s the complete opposite. In just two months, it has become the world’s most popular smartwatch with 800,000 sales worldwide.
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Samsung’s Galaxy Gear has been on sale for a number of weeks now, but today the South Korean company lifted its embargo on reviews. If you’ve been trying to decide whether or not you should spend hundreds of dollars on one, then, now’s the time to find out.
To make things a little easier for you, we’ve put together a roundup of the biggest and best reviews so you don’t have to trawl through them yourself.
Samsung has now priced its new Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear for the United Kingdom, and you might be surprised to see how much they’ll sell for without a contract. The Galaxy Note 3 will cost you £649 ($1,018), which isn’t exactly overly excessive for a high-end smartphone these days — but the Galaxy Gear will cost a whopping £299 ($469).
£299 for a clever wristwatch.
Android-powered game consoles have really started to take off this year, what with devices like the NVIDIA Shield, the Ouya, the GamePop, and others arriving. But they could be set to receive a big boost from Google, which is reportedly developing a game console of its own.
Sources claim the search giant is also working on an Android-powered smartwatch that could launch before the end of the year.
Hot on the heels of its Xperia Z Ultra announcement, Sony has unveiled the new SmartWatch 2, its second attempt at conquering the intelligent wristwatch market before its competitors throw their efforts into the mix. Like its predecessor, the new device is powered by Android, but this time it offers a bigger display and a waterproof body.
Sony looks set to deliver its next-generation SmartWatch at the Mobile Asia Expo in Shanghai next week after the Japanese company sent out a series of cryptic tweets all about watches. “One in three smartphone users want smart wrist wear,” the first read, accompanied by an #itstime hashtag.
If you’re familiar with Kickstarter, I’m sure you know that backers receive any product they funded first, prior to the product being released to the public, and the same is true of the long awaited Pebble Smartwatch.
Pebble announced that all of the backers, who paid more than the RRP, should have received their Pebble Smartwatches by now. The next set of pre-ordered Smartwatches to go out, are to the people who paid the retail price, following the first Kickstarter funding time.
Microsoft is designing a new smartwatch that could allow it to compete with upcoming devices from the likes of Apple, Google, and Samsung, The Wall Street Journal reports. The company has already asked suppliers in Asia to ship components for the device, which will reportedly boast a “touch-enabled” display.
The app finally adds two major features to the watches — remote camera control and social media updates — along with a few smaller ones.
The Google Glass project has been in the news a fair bit in recent months, but it seems Google may have another wearable gadget in development that’s been flying under the radar. The Financial Times reports that just like Apple and Samsung, the search giant is working on its own smartwatch that will act as an extension to the smartphone.