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Samsung claims 800,000 Gears shifted

South Korean vendor hails wrist-mounted companion as ‘world’s most popular smart watch’

The Galaxy Gear is a companion device for Samsung’s Galaxy range of tablets and smartphones.
The Galaxy Gear is a companion device for Samsung’s Galaxy range of tablets and smartphones.

Samsung Electronics today claimed its Galaxy Gear smart watch is now the world's most popular wrist-mounted tech, having sold 800,000 units since its release two months ago.

GALLERY: Samsung's Galaxy Gear companion watch

If true, the Gear has confounded market analysts' expectations of a failure due to lack of standout functionality.

The Gear acts as a companion device to Samsung's premium Galaxy range of tablets and smartphones, allowing mirrored hands-free access to some of the functions offered by the parent device, such as SMS and voice calls.

Despite reports from some US retailers of 30% return rates, Samsung insisted on the fledgling device's popularity.

GALLERY: Samsung's Galaxy Gear companion watch

"It's the most sold wearable watch available in the market place...and we plan to expand its availability by expanding mobile devices that work with the Gear," the company said in a statement.