Fossil Gen 6 smartwatches launched, albeit sans Wear OS 3 for the time being.
, by raj, 2 min reading time
The successor to its Gen 5 smartwatch, which was released in 2019, features a SpO2 sensor to monitor blood oxygen levels and will be the first wristwatch powered on Qualcomm's newest Snapdragon Wear 4100+ platform.The Gen 6 is available in seven distinct styles for both men and women, catering to those who want a sportier look or something more appropriate for formal events. There are two case sizes available: 44mm and 42mm, both having stainless steel casings that are 11.5mm thick.Both include a 1.28-inch AMOLED touchscreen display, as well as a rotating crown and two programmable pusher buttons, like prior Fossil smartwatches.The bands are interchangeable, with the bigger Gen 6 watch sporting a 22mm band and the 42mm model sporting a thinner 18mm strap.In terms of functionality, you'll receive a microphone and speaker, which debuted in the Gen 5 and allows you to manage conversations while connected to your phone and hear replies from Google's Assistant.This call support will be available for both Android and iPhone devices. There is built-in GPS, an enhanced heart rate monitor, and the addition of a SpO2 sensor for continuous monitoring. It has a 3ATM water resistance certification, making it suitable for swimming.It will run on Google's Wear OS and will be upgradeable to Wear OS 3, although that won't be until 2022, as previously said.Unlike Samsung's Galaxy Watch 4, Fossil's Gen 6 will operate with both Android and iPhones, however it's unclear whether this implies that when you update to Wear OS 3, compatibility will extend to both platforms.Wear OS gives you access to the Google Play Store, which gives you access to third-party apps like as Spotify, which now supports offline playing on Wear watches. You'll also get access to Google's own applications, such as Google Pay and Assistant, as well as notifications from apps, texts, and incoming calls.In terms of battery life, Fossil is a little unclear on what you should anticipate, but it appears to be adequate for a day's use. Though, thanks to the Wear 4100+'s battery optimizations and Fossil's own smart battery modes, you can obtain that 24-hour battery life. It's also promoting the charging speed of Gen 6 watches, which may save you up to 80% on a 30-minute charge.In addition to Fossil's Gen 6 watches, the company also announced Michael Kors Access 6 watches, which we can see in the images above. We expect them to have comparable functionality as Fossil's smartwatches, as well as the usual selection of styles and finishes.The Fossil Gen 6 smartwatch will cost between 279 and 299, which is identical to the Gen 5 smartwatches' debut rate.Though it's exciting to see the Gen 6 smartwatches finally launched, the real issue is that it's yet another smartwatch that would have to wait until 2022 for the significant Wear OS 3 update.Will we see a smartwatch using updated Wear before the end of the year, other than the Galaxy Watch 4, which is extensively customized with Samsung's own UI and apps?On that front, things aren't looking good right now.
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