Big changes are coming to Wear OS later this year, thanks to teamwork between Google and Samsung, and now Fossil has announced that in a few months it will launch a “premium” smartwatch to take advantage of the software upgrade.
What’s not so good news is that existing Fossil watches won’t get the next-generation version of Wear OS (which Google usually calls Wear these days). All this was revealed in a recent conversation between the leaders of Fossil and CNET.
There is some speculation about whether Wear OS smartwatches, which are already on the market, will be able to take advantage of the upcoming software update ̵
Fossil is one of the busiest manufacturers when it comes to launching Wear OS watches – it also owns the Diesel and Skagen brands – and it’s a pity that older hardware won’t meet the upgrade requirements. This may not be surprising, as these watches usually run on slower components.
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As for the brand new, premium smartwatch, Fossil’s Greg McKelvey and Steve Prokup have hinted that more sophisticated health monitoring features are on the way, along with cellular connectivity options that mean the wearable will be able to go online without the help of a telephone.
Executives also mentioned “multiple button configurations” on upcoming models, although the main way to interact with smartwatches will still be touch screens. Improved integration of Fitbit also appeared in the chat.
Based on existing models, we assume that the next smartwatch will be called Fossil Gen 6 if the same naming scheme continues. No further details were discussed in the CNET interview, although the word “flagship” was mentioned, so hopefully this may be one of the best smartwatches of 2021.
As already announced by Google, the upcoming update of Wear OS will bring better battery life, improved performance and support for more application tiles – mini gadgets that allow you to run applications directly from your wrist. We expect the software to appear on the Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch Active 4 in the next few months.