Leak shows when Galaxy devices will get Android 4.3 in U.S.; 30% return rate for Galaxy Gear watches

Leak shows when Galaxy devices will get Android 4.3 in U.S.; 30% return rate for Galaxy Gear watches
A leaked document from big box retailer Best Buy, shows that the Android 4.3 update, which has recently rolled out internationally, will soon be coming to U.S. versions of the same model. Popular devices like the Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, Samsung GALAXY Note II, and the Samsung Galaxy S III will all support Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch once each device gets updated to Android 4.3. This is expected to happen before the end of this year. Currently, the Gear watch pairs only with the recently released Samsung Galaxy Note 3 phablet.

The document also reveals expected dates when the major U.S. carriers will be rolling out the Android 4.3 update to Samsung Galaxy devices. For example, on Monday the Verizon version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 will be updated to Android 4.3, according to the document, which will allow it to support the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. Checkout the chart below to see when to expect your Galaxy phone to receive its update. The document does say that the dates can be changed.

Meanwhile, the document notes that "The Galaxy Gear attachment rate within Best Buy is the highest among all channels; however the overall return rate is trending above 30%." What this means is that Best Buy is selling a decent number of Gear smartwatches to Galaxy Note 3 buyers, but three out of ten watches are being returned. That is a not a positive figure as far as Samsung is concerned. The Korean OEM was happy to beat Apple to the marketplace with the Galaxy Gear, but at a very high cost.

source: Geek.com via AndroidCentral



1. DAddYE

Posts: 48; Member since: Oct 04, 2013

It's hard to make a great product without imitate someone else, maybe will be better when Apple will come with his own device ... just trolling, don't be mad :D

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45. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

I think he is saying they need to copy Apple, which I would think is pretty hard since even Apple do not know what to do with a smart watch. They still need engineers to help with the "design" which I am assuming also includes the function. It has no purpose for now, it is just a money making device they need other than cell phones. Apple was only making it because they make expensive jewellery, not because it is a necessary item. The rest followed because they thought they could get their own mindless horde to buy it, but clearly theirs isn't as big as Apple's.

57. darkkjedii

Posts: 31313; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Thanx Mr. Cook aka Finalflash aka tech analyst lol

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31313; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Dude... What?!!

61. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

no galaxy S2 ???

15. RoyalPayne

Posts: 458; Member since: Aug 07, 2013

Absolutely correct in samsungs case. First Nokia and now Apple. Samsung will always copy. Heck even their vacuum cleaners are copied.http://www.engadget.com/2013/09/10/dyson-sues-samsung-vacuum-design-rip-off/

23. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Samsung's design is unique and doesn't copy the ball design dyson did. This time he is wrong.

53. RoyalPayne

Posts: 458; Member since: Aug 07, 2013

"Unique" and samsung are worlds apart from each other.

24. willard12 unregistered

Just so we're all clear, can you give us the list of things that you believe samsung has copied from apple? I'll assume nothing on the list is prior art.

34. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

I will help you out. Just read the legal complaint Apple filed against Samsung. This way, you get it from the horses mouth.

39. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

hahah you honestly beleive samsung copied apple when apple say it!! Apple are more unreliable than samsung!!

44. RoyalPayne

Posts: 458; Member since: Aug 07, 2013

I'd anyday rely more on Apple Nokia and Sony. Samsung simply sucks. Heck they pay people to write reviews n trolls to bash others!

58. Rayvelynn

Posts: 124; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

That's funny. your saying that Samsung sucks when an Apple Iphone has nothing but Samsung parts in it. Including the RAM. The only thing that Apple truly owns is the OS in the Iphone & Ipad lol

64. RoyalPayne

Posts: 458; Member since: Aug 07, 2013

So? Apple has their quality control to see samsung doesnt cut corners like they do with their phones.

41. willard12 unregistered

And thank you for also not naming 1 thing. Because if you did, you would just name something Apple copied itself. I'll help you out, Apple didn't invent pinch to zoom.

43. RoyalPayne

Posts: 458; Member since: Aug 07, 2013

From their hardware design to UI design, samsung copies everything Apple. Heck they even follow their naming schemes! Apple comes out with 3GS, lo and behold, samsung comes out with galaxy S! Copied to the core albeit with a larger screen! Apple comes out with iPad 2013 edition, samsung comes out with note 10.1 2014 edition! A simple google search and the list is endless! Samsung is just confused!

59. Rayvelynn

Posts: 124; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

And where would your precious Iphones & Ipads be if it wasn't for Samsung.http://science.opposingviews.com/samsung-make-iphone-parts-18028.html

62. RoyalPayne

Posts: 458; Member since: Aug 07, 2013

Exactly where they are. They can source these things from others too. The real question is, where will your precious samsung be without Apple, both, in case of makin money off Apple hardware deals n copying.

60. willard12 unregistered

So, you're really going to come back with the letter "s" (which apple uses every other year), apple's UI (rows of icons), and hardware design (the rounded corner). So, you listed a few things that Apple copied to say that Samsung copied. Back to the article, by your logic, if Apple does ever get ability to create a smartwatch, it will be a copy of samsung if it tells time or makes phone calls. Samsung has already done those things.

63. RoyalPayne

Posts: 458; Member since: Aug 07, 2013

You must either be blinded by fanboy-ism, a paid troll or downright stupid. Nokia came out with 5800, HTC came out with Desire, Sony came up with the X10, Motorola with their Droid range around the same time as the phones I mentioned earlier. Why don't they look like an exact replica of the 3GS? Why does only the galaxy S look like an exact replica of 3GS? Your argument is completely invalid. Here are the links to their pics-http://www.gsmarena.com/apple_iphone_3gs-pictures-2826.phphttp://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_i9000_galaxy_s-pictures-3115.php Now tell me they look distinctly different! And since u say Apple copied, show me anything that looked exactly like the 1st gen iPhone before it came out?

66. willard12 unregistered

The LG Prada won the IF design award 7 months before the iphone was announced. The Samsung F700 was released about 2 weeks after the iphone. Knowing it was impossible for Samsung to copy and mass produce a phone in 2 weeks, Apple successfully filed a motion to Judge Koh to not allow the f700 to be admitted as evidence. Samsung wasn't even allowed to say "f700." Maybe you know something that Apple's lawyers don't. http://www.phonearena.com/phones/LG-PRADA_id1985 http://www.phonearena.com/phones/Samsung-SGH-F700_id1941

69. RoyalPayne

Posts: 458; Member since: Aug 07, 2013

Check out the announced date of both the phones on the same page. While you are at it, check out the announced date on this phone:http://www.phonearena.com/phones/Apple-iPhone_id1886 They were both announced 1 month after the iPhone. Enough time for companies this big to copy a design and announce. Doesn't matter when they released it since they had already knew the design of the iPhone. But that is all they could copy, not the success.

70. willard12 unregistered

As stated, the LG Prada was at shows as the FIRST capacitive touch screen phone. As stated, it won the iF design award in SEPTEMBER 2006.....well before it was announced. For reiteration, SEPTEMBER 2006.

71. RoyalPayne

Posts: 458; Member since: Aug 07, 2013

"Announced: 07 Feb 2007" from the very page u asked me to take a look at!! According to u, the phone got released before it was even announced?? Thats the dumbest thing iv heard!

37. DAddYE

Posts: 48; Member since: Oct 04, 2013

I mean everyone steal ideas design and so on. I like(d) the old Japanese culture: copy and improve and then try (if you are able) to make your own. Not admitting that Samsung copied and stolen a lot of designs and concepts is so dumb like those who think Apple invented the mouse. Samsung is now where Apple was at the time of OS9. Ok on hardware side damn bad on software.

2. Blazers

Posts: 751; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

I have and love the Note 3, but the Gear is definitely not something I have an interest in since it's only an expensive extension of the smartphone. Plus the band makes it look cheap.

11. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

The Gear's simply too expensive, and it doesn't have the big watch brand (Seiko, Casio etc.) or enough functionality to back up the price. A 30% return rate is lower than what I actually expected. I reckon the only company that will have good sales on their smartwatch is Apple, cos well, the majority of their customers are brainwashed.

13. RoyalPayne

Posts: 458; Member since: Aug 07, 2013

Apple will sell more coz they'll actually make a better device. And then Samsung will copy n all its brainwashed fanbots will believe they have a better product, when instead they'll be owning a sub par, low quality imitation product.http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57604734-94/samsung-galaxy-gear-lacks-something-special/

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