What you need to know
- Fossil admits none of its current Wear OS watches will see the new Wear platform.
- Fossil hyped premium watches powered by CNET’s new platform earlier this year when it confirmed what we’ve been fearful for weeks.
- When you consider that all of the Fossil watches were powered by either the Wear 3100 or 2100, this isn’t surprising, but it’s still a huge disappointment for anyone who has purchased a Fossil watch in the last year or two.
Now is both a wonderful and a terrible time to be an Android smartwatch fan. On the one hand, Google and Samsung are finally working together to offer us the new Wear platform that we have wanted for years. On the other hand, it means that today it is hard to recommend buying one of the best Android smartwatches as we already know that no Tizen watches will get the new system and there is a huge question mark hanging over whether it is current Wear OS watches will receive the new system.
Fossil gave a big answer to this question during a discussion with CNET about the future of Fossils watches. Fossil is preparing a premium smartwatch to take full advantage of the new system and hardware in this space, and in a single sentence dashed the hopes of thousands of Fossil watch owners:
“Existing Fossil Google Wear watches cannot be upgraded to the new Wear OS software platform.”
The new system is a major upgrade and will draw on the best of Wear OS and Tizen, so it makes sense that this new system cannot simply be ported to current watches, especially the older Wear 3100 system-on-a- Chip (SoC) that Fossil used over the newer but much more expensive Wear 4100. We’ve seen the limitations of the Wear 3100 on newer Fossil watches like the Fossil Gen 5E, but considering the Gen 5E was out in the market? less than a year, which is a shame for anyone who has bought a Fossil watch in the past few months.
Source: Ara Wagoner / Android Central Both clocks are avoided by the new platform.
Fossil’s decision to make a clear break between the current Wear watches and the new Wear platform makes some sense and explains the heavy discounts these watches have seen over the past few months. It also means the Gen 5E, or a current Fossil watch, isn’t worth buying even for $ 100 – or ever, considering that there is little point in buying a watch with the latest version of Wear OS , now that a new – and hopefully even more optimized – version is finally within reach this fall.
We asked Fossil for confirmation and explanation of the decision making. In the meantime, our attention turns to Mobvoi and the hope that there will be at least one watch that updates from the old to the new Wear OS. If any watch can do this, it will be the TicWatch Pro 3 and its Wear 4100, but Mobvoi has yet to specify which watches will receive the upgrade.
Source: Chris Wedel / Android Central
In the meantime, as an Android smartwatch lover, I say: don’t buy any Smartwatch until the new Wear platform watches are announced in August – when we expect the Galaxy Watch 4 – and in October when we expect the Pixel Watch to hit the market alongside the Pixel 6, even with the Mi Band 6 over or grab a refurbished Galaxy Watch Active that is under $ 100 on Amazon and that I’m currently using myself.