What you need to know
- Fossil admits none of its the new Wear platform.
- The Fossil was an exciting premium watch that will be powered by the new platform to CNET, when it confirmed what we’d been dreading for weeks.
- Considering all 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 ansmartwatch 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 to give us the new we’ve wanted for years. On the other hand, it’s hard to recommend buying any of the today because we already know that no Tizen watches will get the new system.
Fossil has answered that question with a big fat during a discussion with CNET about the. 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 newbe 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 , 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 /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. It also means that even at $100, the 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 willto the new Wear OS. If any look can do it, it’ll be the 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— and October when we expect to see the launch alongside the Pixel 6. If you need anything between now and then, either tide yourself over with the or grab a refurbished Galaxy Watch Active, which is going for under $100 on Amazon and is what I’m using myself right now.