Fossil is going Wear OS 3 with the new Gen 6 Wellness Edition smartwatch
Other Gen 6 watches will also get Wear OS 3 soon
Wear OS 3 has been around for over a year at this point, but the platform has been pretty slow to hit the hardware. For the longest time, Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 was your only option, and while it is now being joined by i Watch 5 lineup and Google’s recently launched Pixel Watch, it’s still not much of a choice. As long as it exists Montblanc Summit 3, we were very curious to know when the OS would have additional third-party clocks. Fortunately, Fossil is jumping into the fray as it announces the Gen 6 Wellness Edition smartwatch – its first watch to ship with Wear OS 3 – as well as plans to update other Gen 6 devices.
As the name might suggest, the Gen 6 Wellness Edition is not much different from the standard Gen 6, which is already one of best smart watches You can get it. It has a Snapdragon Wear 4100 Plus SoC and 1GB of RAM, as well as 8GB of storage (via The Verge).
While the hardware isn’t anything new, there are two big additions to this new edition, the biggest of which is Wear OS 3. According to Fossil, the user interface itself is very similar to what the Pixel Watch has, instead of going a fully customized edition like Samsung — so if you liked what you saw on the Pixel Watch, you’ll probably like this too. You’ll be able to enjoy everything except Google Assistant, which isn’t currently available with Fossil.
Another addition is the arrival of the new Wellness app, which gives you SpO2 measurements, cardio estimations using VO2 max, automatic training detection and more.
If you already own a Gen 6 smartwatch, you’ll be pleased to know that the update will eventually arrive on all Gen 6 devices belonging to any of Fossil’s brands, including standard Fossil Gen 6Skagen Falster Gen 6 and Michael Kors Gen 6 (via Android Central). Gen 5 and earlier hardware, meanwhile, will remain on their current version of Wear OS. That rollout will begin on October 17, the same day the Wellness Edition smartwatch goes on sale.
Just keep in mind that after the update, your watch will be reset to factory settings and you’ll need to re-pair it with your phone using the Fossil companion app. Keep an eye out for that update coming to your smartwatch in the coming days.
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