31 August 2021
Fossil has a new smartwatch to launch later this year and it has revealed some interesting details on the same. While confirming the existence of the Gen 6 premium smartwatch, Fossil also talked about the existing smartwatches.
In an interview with CNET, Fossil’s Chief Commercial Officer Greg McKelvey and Steve Prokup, senior vice president of connected devices revealed that existing Fossil Google Wear watches will not be upgraded to the new WearOS software platform. This is one disclosure that the top executives made while announcing some intrinsic details on their upcoming Gen 6 smartwatch.
This means if you own any Fossil Gen smartwatch, you will not receive the newest WearOS platform that has been developed in collaboration with Samsung and Google.
The two Fossil executives said that the upcoming wave of Android-compatible watches will be entirely new, with new chips focused on faster performance and better battery life. As revealed by the executives themselves, Fossil is reading its own high-end watch that will run a platform developed in collaboration with Samsung and Google.
With such big upgrades, you can expect the price tag to be premium. As McKelvey describes as well, “we're bringing great branded design to our customers that command a premium price.”
Prokup further said,
"We've had, and still have, multiple configurations of buttons in the market at the same time, and that's able to be supported. I think you're still going to see a variety of offerings across even our products, as well as manufacturers ... not so much that you're going to have a watch that ends up having four, five, six dedicated buttons or no buttons."
So, it sounds like Fossil may continue to explore different combinations of buttons or spinning crowns.