Samsung Galaxy Gear sales hit 800,000 two months after launch


Manufacturer says sales have beat its own expectations and said it will ramp up sales promotions towards the end of the year

Samsung has announced sales of its Galaxy Gear have hit 800,000 globally since it went on sale two months ago.

According to Reuters, the manufacturer said sales of the smartwatch have been better than its own expectations and that it would expand sales promotions for it for the remainder of this year.

Samsung said in a statement: “It’s the most sold wearable watch available in the market place, and we plan to expand its availability by expanding mobile devices that work with the Gear.”

The Galaxy Gear went on sale in more than 140 countries on September 25, and notifies users of incoming calls, texts, emails and alerts.

Handsfree calls can be made using the built-in speaker, with users able to draft messages, create new calendar entries, set alarms and check the weather using Samsung voice recognition service, S Voice.

There is also a 1.9-megapixel camera for capturing pictures and videos, with Voice Memo recording voice from the user’s wrist, that can be converted into texts on their Samsung Galaxy devices.

Auto Lock automatically secures the companion smartphone screen any time the Galaxy Gear is more than 1.5 metres away from the smartphone, and then unlocks the smartphone when the companion devices are near each other again.

Find My Device helps users find their smartphone by making them beep, vibrate or illuminate, while the Galaxy Gear can also work like a pedometer in tracking physical activity via built-in sensor technology.

It can be used as a wristwatch and will come pre-loaded with 10 different clock options, with more becoming available to download via Samsung Apps.

The Galaxy Gear was initially only available compatible with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 but this was expanded last month to include a further eight devices, including the Galaxy S III, Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note II.