In the last few years, Fossil has been the largest manufacturer of Wear OS, given how different brands use the same main platform. In an interview today, Fossil revealed that it is producing a premium Gen 6 device this fall using the new Wear OS.
An interview with CNET this morning includes an explicit reference to a “Generation 6 watch”, as Fossil executives revealed that they will start with a flagship this fall that has a “great branded design” as well as a “first-class price”. Fitbit also used the word “premium” last month to describe its upcoming Wear OS-based smartwatches.
Other Fossil Group brands will follow with variations, but Fossil is curious to say that existing watches will be reduced to serve as an affordable option instead of having cheaper Generation 6 devices right in front of the gate.
“Some fairly large hardware upgrades”
“We believe that integrating Fitbit into our product will be a huge improvement and something our customers will love.”
Fossil’s chief commercial officer Greg McKelvey
Another big tent mentioned is how Fossil plans to partner with operators worldwide to offer an LTE cellular connection and as a means of providing wearables to more people. The only other hardware detail was when CNET asked about the button configurations. For Fossil, the side buttons and rotating crowns seem to remain, while touch will remain the key method of interaction.
Regarding software, Fossil said: “All the software benefits that Google is talking about and launching with the single platform are something we will build on.” Google reiterated in I / O that there is no change in the ability of OEMs to build with Wear OS.
Finally, CNET writes that “Existing Fossil Google Wear watches will not be upgraded to the new Wear OS software platform.” There are no other details and it is not clear whether this is a technical limitation of the old chipsets or Fossil does not want to commit engineering resources to existing devices.
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