Samsung’s recently launched Galaxy Gear got off to a relatively strong start at Best Buys across the country with a very high attach rate with the Note 3 and revamped Note 10.1. Unfortunately, that’s where the good news ends, because according to a recently leaked document, a ton of people are returning the Galaxy Gear. Some numbers pin the return rate for the Gear at Best Buy trending over 30%. Ouch. Samsung is proactively trying to figure out what’s causing that kind of massive return rate by getting Best Buy to ask customers exactly why they’re returning the Gear. Hopefully we’ll be able to see what the most popular answer is, but if I had to make an early guess, I’d bet it would be something along the lines of “I went home and realized I paid $300 for a watch at Best Buy.”
The Gear hasn’t exactly gotten off to a beautiful start, and this surely isn’t going to help it. Another major (self-imposed) road block Samsung is facing the lack of compatibility with other smartphones besides the Note 3. Part of this return problem could definitely be customers buying the Gear then getting it home to test it out on their Galaxy S III, only to find out it doesn’t work at all. It’s a reasonable assumption to think that a Samsung product would work with another Samsung flagship device, but sadly, that’s not the case. Sure, we’ve seen it work halfway with some other devices, but for a mainstream consumer device that costs as much as the Gear does, that’s not acceptable.
Fortunately, another leaked document posted up some release dates for when compatibility should hit older models of Samsung devices. The Galaxy S III and Galaxy S 4 as well as the S 4 Active and Note 2 for all carriers should all be receiving compatibility updates by the end of November (T-Mobile’s Note 2 update is slated for December 2nd, but close enough). That’s probably something that should have happened a month ago, but better late than never.
If you’re interested in the exact dates for your model and carrier, check out the picture and source below.
Samsung seems to register new suffixes for it’s Galaxy range of phones every other month these days. Some of the names surface as regional variations of Samsung’s flagship devices and others are tacked on to the end of the entry level phones. Step up the Galaxy Stellar, a name that Samsung trademarked a couple of months ago and has recently appeared on the Verizon inventory. The question is, what exactly is it?
Could it be that the incoming SCH-I200 has an official name? Keep tuned in to TalkAndroid and we’ll be sure to keep you posted as further news arrives.
Source: Droid Life
It’s a good day for Android bargain hunters today as U.S. Cellular has launched a promotion with discounts of up to $100 on leading Samsung Galaxy devices. The highlight being that the carriers newly announced flagship device, the Galaxy S Aviator will be available for $99.99 with a $100 mail in rebate. Other available deals include the white Galaxy S II for $179.99 again with a $100 mail-in rebate and the Samsung Mesmerize for only $49.99 after instant savings.
In addition to the Galaxy promotion, U.S. Cellular have also bolstered its prepaid line-up by adding the Galaxy S II, the HTC Hero S and Motorola Electrify all at competitive prices. The Galaxy S II and Electrify will each cost you $399.99 and the Hero S for only $299.99.
There’s no word on how long the promotion is set to last so if you’ve been holding out for one of these devices, it might be time to get ordering. Click the link below to get started!
Source : U.S. Cellular
It looks like we could possibly have new Samsung Galaxy devices on the way. We’ve just heard that Samsung applied for trademarks with the following names: Sire (Serial Number: 85585397), the Galaxy Perx (Serial Number:85585381) and the Galaxy Lift (Serial Number: 85585386). In addition, Sammy clearly identify the goods and services with the United
States Patent and Trademark Office as “mobile phones, smartphones”.
While it’s more than likely we’ll be seeing some new smartphones on the way, Samsung has naturally made no announcement on these upcoming phones yet and will likely stay mum for the time being. Stay tuned with Talk Android for further news on each of the potentially new additions to the Galaxy line of smartphones.