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Just how well is Samsung's Galaxy Gear smart watch doing? (Remember, the one it allegedly rushed out the gate so the Korean tech giant could beat Apple to the punch?) Apparently, not so well. A new report from BusinessKorea (via AppleInsider) notes that the wearable tech has only been purchased 50,000 times since its debut last September. As of today, even with a strong advertising campaign from Samsung, only around 800 or 900 units are being sold per day.
Samsung released the device with much fanfare, complete with a popular commercial that looked a little too similar to Apple's artsy short for the original iPhone. Despite such efforts, the device was slammed in most reviews, and initially it only worked with the Galaxy Note 3 smartphone before Samsung extended compatibility to other recent smartphones in the Galaxy line.
The news gets worse. Apparently even Best Buy is experiencing return rates of around 30 percent, which prompted a inquiry by Samsung into why so many customers were returning the devices.
Apple is allegedly making its own watch (known colloquially as the iWatch), which is expected to come in multiple sizes and feature a full version of iOS. It's also expected to have the health-monitoring functions that have become a hallmark of existing wearable tech such as Pebble. Trademarks for the device were filed earlier this year, and Apple is expected to release it sometime in late 2014.
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