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Fossil’s Latest Smartwatches Won’t Get the Wear OS 3 Update Until 2022

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Hot on the heel of Samsung launching its Wear OS 3-based Galaxy Watch 4 smartwatches, Fossil has unveiled its next-gen smartwatches running Wear OS as well. The Fossil Gen 6 smartwatches are powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon Wear 4100+ platform to deliver notably superior performance than its previous Wear OS smartwatches.

Fossil has also worked on the battery life aspect and reduced the charging times of its Gen 6 smartwatches by half.

The Fossil Gen 6 Features Improved Health Tracking

The Fossil Gen 6 smartwatches feature a 1.28-inch circular display with Always-On Display support. It will be available with a stainless steel casing in 42mm and 44mm sizes. It is also "swimproof" for up to 3ATM.

The Fossil Gen 6 features an upgraded heart rate sensor for continuous tracking and improved signal accuracy. It also packs a SpO2 sensor that can track your blood oxygen levels. Thanks to a built-in speaker, you can take calls on the Fossil Gen 6 smartwatch while tethered to a smartphone. Google Assistant can also use the speaker to speak out your requests.

Other sensors present on the smartwatch include a compass, altimeter, accelerometer, gyroscope, off-body IR, and ambient sensor.

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Image Credit: Fossil

Snapdragon Wear 4100+ Is the Highlight of Fossil's Latest Smartwatch

Powering the Fossil Gen 6 is Qualcomm's Wear 4100+ chipset, which is a massive step up from the Snapdragon 3100 platform used on existing Fossil smartwatches. This upgrade should bring a major jump in performance and battery life, with Fossil claiming the watch can deliver up to 24+ hours of battery life. The company has developed its own Smart Battery Modes to extend the battery life of the watch further.

Another highlight of the Fossil Gen 6 is its charging times. It can charge from 0-80 percent in just over 30 minutes, making it twice as fast as other smartwatches in the market. The watch also comes with 8GB RAM, which can be used for storing music for offline playback along with 1GB RAM.

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Image Credit: Fossil

Wear OS 3 Update Coming Next Year

Out of the box, the Fossil Gen 6 runs on Wear OS 2, which is perhaps its most disappointing aspect. Fossil does say that the smartwatch is compatible with Wear OS 3, but that update "alongside other updates'' will land in 2022. If you want a smartwatch with Wear OS 3 right now, Samsung's Galaxy Watch 4 is your only option right now.

The Fossil Gen 6 will be available for pre-order on the Fossil website starting August 30 and hit the retail stores in the coming weeks. Prices for the smartwatch start from $299.

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