Feeds

MILEY CYRUS in JUST HER PANTIES would LOVE a smartwatch: Samsung

And it is selling like Hot Buns, insists chaebol

New hybrid storage solutions

Samsung has scoffed at claims that it has sold hardly any of its shiny, pricey Galaxy Gear smartwatches.

And it has clutched Miley Cyrus’ knickers to its corporate bosom to help it shift even more.

The company’s UK wing yesterday tweeted: “Hey, Miley. You should have a look at our Gear,” and attached a picture of skimpy ladies’ underthings by way of illustration.

“For performers who usually have no pockets for a phone,” the Galaxy Gusset caption reads. Cyrus, a popular chanteuse, is famous for performing in her shreddies.

Samsung Galaxy Gear and pants

Samsung separately denounced as pants recent claims that too few of the smartwatches have ended up on punters’ wrists.

The company today claimed that sales have actually topped 800,000 units since the Gear went on sale two months ago – and not the mere 50,000 it was yesterday alleged to have persuaded punters to buy.

“It’s the most sold wearable watch available in the market place,” the company insisted today, adding that the Gear has been bought in greater numbers than even it expected.

“We plan to expand its availability by expanding mobile devices that work with the Gear,” the statement added.

As it stands, the Gear only connects to the Galaxy Note 3 phondleslab, which immediately puts a limit on the Android smartwatch’s applicability.

Samsung has already said it has shipped 5m Note 3s since 25 September, so that’s a Gear attach rate of 16 per cent, if Samsung’s numbers are taken at face value.

Samsung’s rebuttal follows a claim made yesterday by website BusinessKorea that the smartphone giant was selling 800-900 smartwatches a day on average since launch - 100 a day in its native South Korea - which makes for an attach rate of just one per cent.

Samsung may have beaten Apple and others to enter the market for what many are calling the “second... er... third... er... fourth screen” behind phone, tablet and telly - fifth, even, if you include laptops - but it’s by no means the first to do so.

Its best known competitor is Pebble, which has been shifting smartwatches since a high-profile crowd-funding campaign kicked off in 2012. As of 6 November 2013, some 190,000 Pebble smartwatches have been shipped to buyers, the company claims.

Though its watch is now also available through US giant Best Buy, Pebble predominantly sells direct, so that total is likely to reflect watches on wrist rather than devices sitting on shelves and in stock rooms.

Samsung’s figures, by contrast, are likely to be shipments into its resale channels - the giant didn’t clarify this point, but vendor-supplied data customarily covers sales to channels not sales to consumers - so its entirely possible both its numbers and those from BusinessKorea, which appear to be over-the-counter sales estimates, are not contradictory.

Here in Blighty, El Reg’s London Underground Test™ suggests there are more Pebbles out there than Gears, but not a huge number of either. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
'Serious flaws in the Vertigan report' says broadband boffin
Report 'fails reality test' , is 'simply wrong' and offers ''convenient' justification for FTTN says Rod Tucker
This flashlight app requires: Your contacts list, identity, access to your camera...
Who us, dodgy? Vast majority of mobile apps fail privacy test
Apple Watch will CONQUER smartwatch world – analysts
After Applelocalypse, other wristputers will get stuck in
Shades of Mannesmann: Vodafone should buy T-Mobile US
Biting the bullet would let Blighty-based biz flip the bird at AT&T
Drag queens: Oh, don't be so bitchy, Facebook! Let us use our stage names
Handbags at dawn over free content ad network's ID policy
Blockbuster book lays out the first 20 years of the Smartphone Wars
Symbian's David Wood bares all. Not for the faint hearted
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile
Data demand and the rise of virtualization is challenging IT teams to deliver storage performance, scalability and capacity that can keep up, while maximizing efficiency.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.