Although Wear OS 3 was announced in 2021, we've seen very few smartwatches running this wearable OS so far, and none from Fossil, despite being one of the biggest Wear.BONE players. But that's about to change, as the company has just announced the Fossil Gen 6 Wellness Edition, which runs Wear OS 3 out of the box.
This will make Fossil the first Wear OS 3 device and it will join the Google Pixel Watch, Montblanc Summit 3, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 range and the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 range to run this latest version of the operating system.
So why are we comparing it to the Fitbit Sense 2 instead of any of these wearables? Because of the “wellness” part of its name.
Like the recently released Fitbit Sense 2, the Fossil Gen 6 Wellness Edition emphasizes health and fitness; with a companion wellness app that helps you track and monitor SpO2, VO2 Max, heart rate zones, cardio fitness level, sleep, and more. Continuous heart rate monitoring and automatic exercise detection are also part of the equation.
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The Fossil Gen 6 Wellness Edition will also be priced the same in the US as the Fitbit Sense 2, at €299 (about $265 / AU$475).
Aside from its operating system and fitness features, it doesn't sound too exciting, as it's essentially a modified version of the existing Fossil Gen 6, with a slightly dated Snapdragon Wear 4100 Plus chipset.
Its other specs include a 1,28-inch OLED screen, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, and a 44mm case in a choice of black, silver, or rose gold hues. Interestingly, despite some marketing images showing Google Assistant on the watch, it apparently won't be available at launch, and a Fossil spokesperson told The Verge (opens in a new tab) that they don't know when it will be added. . Although Amazon Alexa is available in the meantime.
If you like the sound of the Fossil Gen 6 Wellness Edition, you'll be able to pick it up from October 17 in the US and UK, with no word on availability elsewhere. However, if you're primarily interested in Wear OS 3, you should soon have plenty of other options from Fossil.
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While the Fossil Gen 6 Wellness Edition will be the first Fossil watch to run Wear OS 3 out of the box, a Wear OS 3 software update for other smartwatches made by the company is coming soon.
We already knew that it would eventually reach the Fossil Gen 6 standard, and now the company has confirmed, according to Android Central (opens in a new tab), that this update will arrive on October 17; therefore, the same day as the launch of the Wellness edition.
It's also coming to other Gen 6 watches, namely the Skagen Falster Gen 6 and Michael Kors Gen 6. It's only coming to models with a Snapdragon Wear 4100 Plus chipset, though; older watches won't get Wear OS 3.
However, as noted, even that chipset isn't exactly new anymore, so if you're not desperate for a new smartwatch, you might be better off waiting for the Fossil Gen 7, which will likely run the new Snapdragon W5 Plus, before to upgrade your laptop hardware.
Check out our roundup of the best smartwatches to see what the Fossil Gen 6 Wellness Edition is up against.