Fossil won’t upgrade current Wear OS watches to the new platform

by Jeremy

What you need to know

  • Fossil admits none of its current Wear OS watches will see the new Wear platform.
  • The Fossil was an exciting premium watch coming later this year that will be powered by the new platform to CNET, when it confirmed what we’d been dreading for weeks.
  • Considering all Fossil watches were powered by the Wear 3100 or 2100, this isn’t surprising, but it’s still a major disappointment to anyone who bought a Fossil watch in the last year or two.

Now’s a wonderful and terrible time to be an Android smartwatch fan. A giant question mark looms over whether any current Wear OS watches get the new system. On the one hand, Google and Samsung are finally teaming up to give us the new Wear platform we’ve wanted for years. On the other hand, it’s hard to recommend buying any of the best Android smartwatches today because we already know that no Tizen watches will get the new

Fossil has answered that question with a big fat during a discussion with CNET about the future of Fossil’s watches. Fossil is prepping a premium smartwatch to take full advantage of the new system and new hardware in the space, and a single sentence dashed the hopes of thousands of Fossil watch owners:

“Existing Fossil Google Wear won’t be upgradable to the new Wear OS software platform.”

The new system is a major upgrade and will draw from the best of both Wear OS and Tizen, so it makes sense that this new system won’t be easy to port to current watches, especially the older Wear 3100 system-on-a-chip (SoC) that Fossil’s used over the newer-but-much-more-expensive Wear 4100. We’ve seen the limitations of the Wear 3100 on recent Fossil watches like the Fossil Gen 5E, but considering the Gen 5E has been out for less than a year, that’s highly unfortunate for anyone who has purchased a Fossil watch in recent months.

Source: Ara Wagoner / Android Central Both watches are shunned from the new platform.

Fossil choosing to make a clean break between the current Wear watches and the new Wear platform makes a certain amount of sense, and it helps explain the deep discounting these watches have seen over the last several months. It also means that even at $100, the Gen 5E or any current Fossil watch isn’t worth buying now — or ever, considering there’s little purpose in buying an alert with the recent rendition of Wear OS now that a new — and hopefully much more optimized — version is finally within reach this fall.

We’ve contacted Fossil for confirmation and an explanation of the decision-making here. In the meantime, our attention turns to Mobvoi and the hope that at least one watch will upgrade from the old to the new Wear OS. If any look can do it, it’ll be the TicWatch Pro 3 and its Wear 4100; Mobvoi has yet to determine which of its watches will get the upgrade.

In the meantime, I say this as an Android smartwatch lover: do not buy any smartwatch until the new Wear platform watches are announced in August — when we expect to see the Galaxy Watch 4 — and October when we expect to see the Pixel Watch launch alongside the Pixel 6. If you need anything between now and then, either tide yourself over with the Mi Band 6 or grab a refurbished Galaxy Watch Active, which is going for under $100 on Amazon and is what I’m using myself right now.

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