Though the Samsung Galaxy S5 is headed to a number of Best Buy stores today, you’ll be amongst a very, very rare few if you happen to be close to one of the stores participating. This week the Galaxy S5 hits pre-order with AT&T, and as Best Buy is one of the few 3rd-party retailers that carries Samsung gear, be it AT&T or otherwise, you’ll find the device there for all the hands-on action you desire. The catch is that only around 100 Best Buy stores in the United States will be showing the Galaxy S5 off today, while the rest will be getting the device in for show inside the next couple of weeks.
Amazon's widely-anticipated set-top box and what could be a refreshed Apple TV have been tipped for a spring launch according to a leaked Best Buy document, amid speculation of a sizable push by electronics firms to cater to cord-cutters. The planogram, said to be for Best Buy's May shelf reset and passed to Zatz Not Funny!, compares the new Amazon streamer with Google's Chromecast, along with what appears to be an updated Apple TV.
It would seem that the Samsung Galaxy Gear smart watch will be getting a reboot sooner than later as both Best Buy and AT&T have made efforts to cut stock this week. While we've expected that Samsung would bring on an updated Samsung Galaxy Gear sooner than later, this bit of info allows us to see into the imminent future - more than likely Mobile World Congress 2014, as it were. Here we'll see the latest in Samsung wearables as well as - quite likely - the Samsung Galaxy S5 as well.
HP's Chromebook 11 has mysteriously disappeared from sale, with the ARM-powered Chrome OS laptop reportedly being pulled from Best Buy shelves after store managers received urgent instructions to freeze sales. The $279 notebook is listed as out of stock on Google's own Play store and at Best Buy, and has vanished completely from HP's webstore; sources told The Verge that according to an internal memo, sales of the Chromebook 11 should cease "effective immediately" and any remaining stock moved off the showroom floor.
Samsung's Galaxy Gear is seeing return rates above 30-percent, leaked internal documentation suggests, with claims the South Korean company is surveying Best Buy Samsung Experience staff to try to figure out how the smartwatch is falling short. "The Galaxy Gear attachment rate within Best Buy is the highest among all channels" according to documents leaked to Geek, yet "the overall return rate is trending above 30-percent."
The market for wearable activity monitors has boomed in recent months with a number of wearable activity monitors. One of the smallest activity monitors around is the Misfit Shine, which was on Indiegogo last November looking to raise the money to come to market. The little activity monitor raised plenty of money and launched not long after.
Best Buy has announced a new smartphone trade-in program that will let people wanting a new iPhone 5S or 5C get one at a big discount. The new smartphone trade-in program is offering at least $100 towards either of the new iPhone models for any working smartphone. The new trade-in program is set to launch tomorrow, October 11.
Apple's iPhone 5c is already facing up to 50-percent price cuts, only weeks after going on sale, as retailers like Best Buy chase customers toward the mid-range plastic smartphone. Although offered at $99.99 from Apple, with a new, two-year agreement, Best Buy will bundle a $50 gift card with the iPhone 5c over the weekend, that can be used against the sticker price of the handset. However, it's not the only retailer cutting the iPhone 5c as the handset gets overshadowed by its flagship iPhone 5s sibling.
AT&T pre-orders for the Galaxy Gear, Samsung's nifty Pebble-competing smartwatch, started earlier this week, and will be available to customers in Canada on October 4. Such information comes from Best Buy and Future Shop, both of which are now taking pre-orders for the smartwatch and list the device as arriving on the aforementioned date.
Those planning on heading in to their local mobile carrier this week to pick up the HTC One in Metallic Blue had better think twice: this device is coming to Best Buy exclusively inside the USA. While the Blue HTC One doesn't differ from its silver or red iterations inside, the casing (the metal casing front and back, that is) is distinct. The folks at HTC have suggested that special pricing will be in effect this weekend as the Blue HTC One kicks off as a color exclusive for Best Buy this Sunday.
Earlier this week, Robert Scoble posted a status on Google+ claiming that Google will be leasing 6000 square feet of space in Best Buy stores next year to sell Google Glass. It seems such won't be the case, however, with Google's Chris Dale sending off a tweet stating that the information is wrong, as are rumors about its $299 USD pricing.