Samsung Galaxy Gear Tizen Update

Samsung has somehow found a way to make the Galaxy Gear less useful

By on May 30, 2014 at 6:10 PM.

Samsung has somehow found a way to make the Galaxy Gear less useful

Samsung’s first Galaxy Gear was never all that useful to begin with but Samsung has just come up with a way to make it even less so. SamMobile reports that Samsung is now upgrading the first-generation Galaxy Gear smartwatch to its own homemade Tizen platform — yes, you read that correctly, it’s issuing an update that will completely replace the watch’s entire operating system. But that’s not all — SamMobile found that upgrading to Tizen through Samsung’s Kies upgrade hub will wipe out all data that you have on your device, although thankfully Samsung warns you about this beforehand and gives you an opportunity to back up your data. More →

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Samsung Smartwatch Shipments Q1 2014

Samsung is dominating the smartwatch market, tiny though it may be

By on May 20, 2014 at 5:47 PM.

Samsung is dominating the smartwatch market, tiny though it may be

In case we weren’t clear enough in our review last year, the Galaxy Gear failed to impress us. It was an underwhelming entry into a market that hasn’t quite found an audience yet, but we might have underestimated the power of Samsung’s marketing team. According to a recent report from Strategy Analytics, Samsung’s original Galaxy Gear smartwatch shipped more units in the first quarter of 2014 than Pebble, Motorola or any other vendor. More →

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Google Vs. Samsung Smartwatches

Smartwatches are Samsung’s secret weapon for escaping Android

By on March 19, 2014 at 3:09 PM.

Smartwatches are Samsung’s secret weapon for escaping Android

Samsung seems to know that it’s stuck using another company’s platform for its smartphones and tablets for the time being since its user base has come to expect Samsung devices to have tight integration with Google apps and services. However, that doesn’t mean Samsung is giving up on its long-term goal of breaking free from Google’s influence. The Wall Street Journal reports that Samsung sees the burgeoning smartwatch market as the best way to drum up enthusiasm for its Tizen mobile platform and that it’s been courting manufacturers to make Tizen-based smartwatches just as Google has been courting OEMs to make devices based on Android Wear. More →

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Wearable Computers Sales 2014

Smartwatches and fitness bands to hit the big time this year

By on February 12, 2014 at 11:15 PM.

Smartwatches and fitness bands to hit the big time this year

Wearable tech failed to make a huge impact last year, but 2014 could be the year that smartwatches and fitness bands finally take off. Canalys forecasts that over 17 million smart bands will ship in 2014, following massive growth in the second half of last year. Based on the analyst’s findings, 1.6 million smart bands shipped in the second half of 2013 alone. Leading the way were Fitbit’s Flex and Force bands in the “basic” category and Samsung’s Galaxy Gear in the “smart” category. We might not have found much to like in the Galaxy Gear, but it apparently managed to knock out the smartwatch competition. With a more capable sequel, Samsung could get a huge head start as the market begins to expand. More →

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Samsung Galaxy Gear Price Cut

Is the Galaxy Gear about to get another permanent price cut?

By on February 4, 2014 at 3:10 PM.

Is the Galaxy Gear about to get another permanent price cut?

Although the Galaxy Gear wasn’t the resounding failure many had expected it to be, the high price, middling reviews and lack of functionality were certainly stumbling blocks that kept Samsung’s wearable off of our wrists in 2013. As the company preps a new entry in the lineup for later this year, several international price cuts have given DailyTech the impression that we could see a major price cut on the Gear in the next few weeks. More →

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Galaxy Gear knockoffs

Not even Chinese pirates want Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch

By on January 16, 2014 at 12:50 PM.

Not even Chinese pirates want Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch

The Galaxy Gear is so unpopular that when CNN visited the epicenter of Chinese counterfeit electronics, they could not find one Galaxy Gear knockoff. “[Counterfeiters] don’t care about the Gear as consumer demand is too weak,” said one shop assistant. “We don’t sell it anymore. It was not popular.” More →

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Samsung Smartwatch Problems Battery

Samsung explains why making a hit smartwatch is insanely difficult

By on January 8, 2014 at 10:45 PM.

Samsung explains why making a hit smartwatch is insanely difficult

The Galaxy Gear didn’t exactly light the world on fire, but you should have some sympathy for Samsung — it turns out that making a hit smartwatch is much more challenging than making a hit smartphone. In an interview with Re/code, Samsung Design America studio chief Dennis Miloseski discusses why smartwatches are still very much works in progress and says that tech companies are still trying to cope with some of the technological limitations of the hardware that’s available now to use in devices such as the Galaxy Gear. More →

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Galaxy Gear Keyboard

Video: Does this tweak actually make Samsung’s Galaxy Gear usable?

By on January 8, 2014 at 9:40 AM.

Video: Does this tweak actually make Samsung’s Galaxy Gear usable?

We reviewed Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch back in early October last year and we said it probably sports the sleekest design of any mobile device Samsung has ever produced. We also said the screen is great and the minimalistic user interface is terrific. Using the Galaxy Gear, however, is an entirely different story. The battery life is awful, the charger design is terrible, it only works when paired with a limited number of devices (it only worked with one device at the time we reviewed it) and using Samsung’s S Voice voice command system is a very, very bad experience. Samsung still managed to ship at least 800,000 of them into distribution channels, however, and some portion of those devices presumably ended up on consumers’ wrists. For those who purchased the Gear, a new tweak that debuted at CES 2014 might actually go great lengths to make the device more usable. More →

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Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 Tease

Is Samsung already preparing to unveil the next Galaxy Gear?

By on January 3, 2014 at 6:50 PM.

Is Samsung already preparing to unveil the next Galaxy Gear?

Samsung’s first entry into the wearable tech market left a lot to be desired, but there’s never been any doubt that the company would come back swinging before too long. In fact, if Samsung Mobile UK’s Twitter feed is any indication, news of the follow-up to the Galaxy Gear might be right around the corner. More →

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Samsung Galaxy Gear Ad

Video: One of 2013’s worst gadgets gets the year’s worst ad

By on December 23, 2013 at 11:50 AM.

Video: One of 2013’s worst gadgets gets the year’s worst ad

Samsung’s marketing team is rightly renowned for its creative ads that can make even the most boring products seem exciting — the fact that the company was able to create a memorable ad for solid-state drives speaks volumes about its talent. But there’s one gadget that is so bad that it’s thrown even the top creative minds at Samsung’s marketing department for a loop: The Galaxy Gear. More →

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Samsung Galaxy Gear Ad Santa

Video: Samsung besmirches Santa, depicts him as a Galaxy Gear fan

By on December 10, 2013 at 4:30 PM.

Video: Samsung besmirches Santa, depicts him as a Galaxy Gear fan

While Samsung released two of the year’s best smartphones this year in the Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy Note 3, its first-generation smartwatch has been widely panned by critics and even some Samsung execs have admitted that it’s really not all that great. But Samsung isn’t ready to give up on the first version of the Galaxy Gear just yet and it’s recruited none other than Santa Claus to help them sell it to holiday shoppers.  More →

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Review
Sony SmartWatch 2 Review

Review: Sony outsmarts Samsung with SmartWatch 2

Review: Sony outsmarts Samsung with SmartWatch 2

By on December 6, 2013 at 11:45 AM.

Smartwatches are the future… or something like that. As growth in the smartphone market slows, especially at the high end where companies have been making a killing, consumer electronics giants need to look elsewhere to bolster earnings growth. For Samsung, Microsoft, Google, Sony, LG and maybe even Apple, that “elsewhere” is wearable computing.

The wearables category definitely has legs but know one knows where it will end up going. Are fitness bands the future? Will consumers clamor for connected eyewear? Or will top companies dump enough marketing dollars into smartwatches that we all forget how geeky they are and ditch our Tags, Fossils, Rolexes, Tissots, Seikos, Citizens, Bulovas, Breitlings, Weils, Cartiers, IWCs, Panerais, Jaegers, Omegas, Hamiltons, Ebels and Hublots in favor of a digital watch tied to a smartphone? More →

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