Fossil’s first wear OS 3 watch takes a swipe at Fitbit’s Sense 2 as the company unveils a fitness-focused wearable that is fitted with modern software.
Fossil’s First Wear OS 3 Watch Takes a Swipe at Fitbit’s Sense 2
Although being announced back in 2021, we’ve so far seen very few smartwatches running this wearable operating system such as the Wear OS 3, and none from Fossil, despite being one of the biggest players in Wear OS. But that’s however about to change, as the company just recently announced the Fossil Gen 6 Wellness Edition, which will run Wear OS 3 out of the box.
This will make this the first Wear OS 3 device from Fossil and it will also be joining the Google Pixel Watch, the Samsung galaxy watch 5, the Montblanc Summit 3, and the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 line in running the latest OS release.
The Reason Fossil’s First Wear OS 3 Is Being Compared to Fitbit Sense 2
With that being said, you may be wondering why we are comparing it to the Fitbit sense 2 rather than any of the wearables mentioned above. Well, it’s all because of the wellness part of its name.
And very much like the recently-launched Fitbit Sense 2, the Fossil Gen 6 Wellness Edition focuses majorly on health and fitness; with a Wellness companion app helping it to track down and also monitor SpO2, VO2 Max, heart rate zones, cardio fitness level, sleep, and many more. Continuous heart rate monitoring and automatic workout detection are also part of the equation here too to spice things up.
The Fossil Gen 6 Wellness Edition Price
The fossil Gen 6 Wellness Edition also will have the price as the Fitbit Sense 2 in the US which is $299, approximately 265BP, and AU$475.
When looking at it outside of its operating system and fitness features, this does not sound overly exciting though, as it’s just basically just a tweaked version of the already existing Fossil Gen 6, complete with a slightly-dated Snapdragon Wear 4100 Plus type chipset.
The Fossil Gen 6 Wellness Edition Spec and Features
The other specs needing mention here include a 1.28-inch OLED screen, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, and a 44mm case in black, silver or rose gold shades options. One odd thing to note however is that, despite some marketing images showing Google Assistant on the watch, this apparently will not be available at launch, with a Fossil spokesperson citing to The Verge that they’re not sure when it will be added. Although Amazon Alexa is available in the meantime, so you should know.
The Fossil Gen 6 Wellness Edition Availability
In the event that you like the sound of the Fossil Gen 6 Wellness Edition so far then you’ll be able to pick it up from October 17 in the US and the UK, with no word as of yet on its availability elsewhere. However, if you have a keen interest primarily in Wear OS 3, then you soon you should have a lot of other Fossil options too.