It’s only 18 months old, but it’s not obvious from the company. Pay. Fossil has made the Gen 6 line more relevant by updating it. New versions of the Wellness Edition and E Ink hybrid models will be launched.
In a world where it’s becoming increasingly difficult for watches to be platform-independent, keeping these watches current is crucial. It discourages people from committing to entire ecosystems. Apple, Samsung, Google and Google view their smartwatches in a complementary way to their phones and other products. Fossil is still one of the largest brands that makes watches that can be used with Android or iOS devices. AndGoogle Wear OS 3.
Brock Eaton (Vice President of Product at Fossil), stated, “This platform is very important for some time to follow.” “We did wear [OS]3 Updates since the launch [Gen 6] Wellness issue, we had another update that was very meaningful in December.”
These efforts are crucial because Fossil’s Gen 6 line could feel obsolete with the arrival of Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon W5 chips. The Gen 6 line is essentially running on an older Snapdragon 4100 Plus processor starting in 2021.
Eaton also stated that quarterly updates will be made to the Gen 6 line, along with security updates. But he couldn’t comment on whether a Gen 7 model is in the works. He did however mention that the Wear OS 3 experience in Gen 6 will be carried over to future watches. Fossil watches from the future will still be compatible with Android and iPhone.
Fossil’s watch still has Google Assistant support. Although Gen 6 currently uses Alexa for their search, Eaton said that Fossil is working closely with Google to power this assistant. Fossil covers the cost of Wear OS 3 features like fitness tracking that aren’t included in Gen 6. The Pixel Watch is currently the only WearOS watch that supports Google Fitbit for tracking fitness.
Fossil is not the only smartwatch manufacturer that keeps its devices updated with new software. Mobvoi’s rival is in a similar position. It plans to update the $200 TicWatch E3, which runs on the Snapdragon 4100 Plus to Wear OS 3. Wear OS 3 is already available on the Montblanc summit and supports both iOS and Android. Its price starts at $1290, which is significantly higher than the $299 base Fossil watch price. While the Galaxy Watches and the Pixel Watch are Android-only, there are still other Wear OS alternatives like the Samsung Galaxy Watch series and the Samsung Galaxy Watch.
Fossil has also rebranded both the Gen 6 watch (and its companion app) to accommodate sister brands Diesel & Skagen. This allows the company to keep the Gen 6 looking new and different, despite it being identical on the outside. Eaton said that the Generation 6 Diesel & Skagen versions of the app were created to appeal to people who would normally buy watches from these brands. These include aesthetics like the color scheme and messages in “For You” that direct users to the brand’s social media and store. The apps work in the same way.
Fossil’s collaboration with Razer on a watch is an exception to this strategy. It was unveiled at CES 2013 The Razer version syncs with Fossil’s normal app, but also includes Razer’s proprietary monitoring interfaces.
Without a branded phone, smartwatch makers are losing ground
While Apple and Samsung dominate the smartwatch market, Fossil’s efforts are worth watching because they don’t try to lock customers in to a specific ecosystem of watches, phones, and earphones. This is becoming a less common feature with other smartwatches.
Fitbit’s cross-platform compatibility is what keeps me coming back to my trackers and watches. Fitbit products work with Android and iPhone. However, Google’s efforts to connect the Fitbit and Pixel Watch experiences makes me fear that you will need an Android watch to enjoy the best Fitbit experience.
Samsung used to support both iOS & Android with its Galaxy Watch line and Galaxy Fit line. Samsung has removed iPhone compatibility for its watches, as it is more focused on developing its own Galaxy ecosystem. He even closed the file Watch ECG feature for Galaxy devices only.
Amazfit continues to support both iPhones and Android with its Zepp OS, except for Fossil and Mobvoi. This means that there is less app support. However, the watches can still claim up to 14-days of battery life. This is much more than the 1-2 day battery life of the Apple Watch, Galaxy Watches and Pixel Watch.
What’s next in Wear OS watches?
Fossil has managed to keep Gen 6 running. However, the next Snapdragon-powered smartwatches that are optimized for wearables are in the works. The Snapdragon W5According to some, Extend battery life by one dayIt exceeds existing clocks and offers more functionality for low power mode as it supports camera-supported features.
However, the exact date for the launch of the watches that will support these chips has not yet been announced. This could be an important reason Fossil hopes to get more mileage out of the Snapdragon 4100 Plus chip, and its Gen 6 line.
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