In September, the Korean consumer electronics giant unveiled the Galaxy Gear, a smartwatch that connects to a user's smartphone or tablet to provide alerts, take photos, make calls, and access certain apps. For Samsung, the device is more than just another gadget; it also marks an important shift in the company's position in technology: long known as a "fast follower" that's … Read more
Santa is sacred.
He's an icon. He's a superstar. He's a traditionalist. You don't imagine him peddling one product or another. He's commercially non-denominational. At least that's how he lives in my childlike mind.
Now along comes Samsung to tell me: "No, no, ninny. Santa is a Galaxy Gear fanboy."
In a new ad that will surely shake the foundations of contemporary culture, we have Santa -- no, Samta -- speaking at what appears to be an elves' sales conference.
Samta is less the genial old man who's seen it all, … Read more
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Samsung Electronics sound designer Myoung-woo Nam is describing the not-quite-right noise his team created for the Galaxy S3, at least initially. Here, in a dimly lit room on the eighth floor of a Samsung skyscraper, in the heart of Seoul's … Read more
Ah, 2013. The year Microsoft continued to be, well, Microsoft, everyone tried to get their mobile on, and Samsung tried to show the world that it's going to be king of wearable tech.
Yup, there were gaffes. There always are. We also saw the launch product for a now-failing platform (and failing company), and the company that wanted to the entire planet to phone Home. And who can forget our nation's Capitol: A stream of leaks that showed the world that, yes, Uncle Sam is watching every click you make, not to mention those of foreign dignitaries. And … Read more
I know there are people out there who don't want to embarrass themselves over the holiday season.
It's all right if they slur their words and sidle up to people who aren't their spouses.
But woe betide anyone who buys the wrong electronic gift. This is a shame not easily overcome, if ever.
So the fine and prescient analysts at Gartner would like you to urgently know that smartwatches will not be a big hit this year.
You might already have had some sense that this might be the case. You might not, in fact, have ever seen anyone wearing one.
Gartner, though, wants to be clear that "premium pricing paired with an unclear value proposition will steer consumers' spending toward tablets and fitness bands, leading to lackluster sales of smartwatches this holiday season."… Read more
Not exactly. The figure Samsung disclosed is actually the number of smartwatches the Korean tech giant shipped to retailers and partners; it isn't actually a true reflection of consumer demand. Korean publication Yonhap reported that the numbers represented shipments, and not sales to consumers, and the Verge confirmed the report.
A Samsung representative later confirmed to CNET that the number represented shipments, and not sales rung up to customers.
Samsung released the shipment numbers to Reuters earlier on Tuesday, … Read more
Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch has exceeded the company's sales expectations, according to a new report.
Samsung told Reuters on Tuesday that it has sold 800,000 Galaxy Gear units over the past two months since the smartwatch has been on store shelves. Samsung didn't say how many units it had expected to sell, but said that sales have so far exceeded expectations.
Questions remain over the exact nature of Samsung's Galaxy Gear sales. Yonhap News is reporting that Samsung might have meant sales to the retail channel. In other words, Samsung could be saying that it … Read more
I feel like I've seen a lot of Miley Cyrus lately. In both the corporate and the corporal sense.
It's inevitable, then, that someone might want to take advantage of the persona that she's chosen to put out there. And there. And there.
That someone is Samsung.
Not everyone is entirely convinced that Samsung's Galaxy Gear has inspired the world to wear a watch with a camera attached. So the company's UK arm decided to offer a tweet that attempted to get down and dirty with today's young, impressionable Snapchatters.
Naturally, it featured women'… Read more
A new startup accelerator has launched in Pittsburgh with an eye on robotics.
AlphaLab Gear opened on Monday, inviting early-stage companies working in hardware and robotics to join the accelerator program. AlphaLab Gear's accelerator initiative starts first with cash. The company will offer $25,000 to startups for 5 percent equity. Those firms that need $50,000 will have to hand over 9 percent of the company to AlphaLab Gear.
In addition to funding, the accelerator will provide business mentorship and space for working on the project, according to the organization. The offer also includes access to TechShop, a … Read more
Despite all the promises, smartwatches remain an acquired taste. Yes, there's a market but one that largely caters to the likes of health junkies and early adopters.
Fitness bands are cheap and light but too minimalist. Samsung's Galaxy Gear is all brawn but lacks device compatibility and email support. And the Pebble, one of the first true-blue smartwatches, is still trying to build an app ecosystem the way that Google and Apple did for their smartphones. It's an uphill battle for Pebble, the smartwatch darling, and it won't get any easier when those tech titans join … Read more