November 26, 2021• byDarik Chandler
It is with great excitement that Fossil announces the newest generation to our wearables portfolio: the Gen 6 Touchscreen Smartwatch. The Gen 6the smartwatch will be the first smartwatch powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon Wear™4100+ Platform, providing users faster application load times, highly responsive user experiences, and more efficient power consumption. In addition, the battery charging speed is two times faster than leading smartwatches, reaching 80% charge in just over 30 minutes. Users will also benefit from continuous heart rate tracking, a new SpO2 sensor, speaker functionality to make and receive tethered calls, software updates from Wear OS by Google™and Fossil Group, smart battery modes, and more. The Fossil brand Gen 6 smartwatch will be first to market, launching globally for pre-order for Android™and iOS phone users alike beginning August 30.
Gen 6 will also be compatible with Google’s new system update, Wear OS 3, announced earlier this year. The smartwatch will be eligible for the Wear OS 3 system update in 2022, alongside other updates that will continue to improve the overall user experience.
“We are proud to announce our highly-anticipated next generation of smartwatches. At Fossil Group, we are always striving to deliver increased performance and delight users, working in partnership with Qualcomm and Google, and we are excited by the new capabilities Gen 6 is bringing to our users. Faster interface, less time to charge, and upgraded health and wellness features are only a few of the benefits Gen 6 will see as our teams continue to innovate and evolve our smartwatch portfolio,” says Steve Evans, Fossil Group EVP Chief Brand Officer. “We also know how crucial personalized style continues to be in the wearables space for our design-conscious consumer, so I am excited to share that in addition to Fossil brand, Michael Kors will soon be launching Gen 6 as well. Our innovation teams at Fossil Group continue to provide users the best-in-class experience without compromising stunning design from brands they love.”
“Fossil Group and Qualcomm have had a long-standing partnership and have led the convergence of fashion and technology in the industry,” says Pankaj Kedia, Global Head of Wearables, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “We are delighted to have collaborated with Fossil Group on their latest smartwatch, the Gen 6, which is the first product to come to market based on our Snapdragon Wear 4100+ platform. This platform enables users to experience lightning-fast processing and richer, always-on, ambient modes and watch faces with ultra-low power consumption thanks to the integration of the always-on co-processor in the platform.”
The new Fossil brand Gen 6 smartwatch launches with four colorways in a 44mm case and three colorways in a 42mm case for added size options. In addition to offering seven timeless styles and endless interchangeable strap options, users can customize dials and buttons to UNDER EMBARGO until August 30 at 8 a.m. CST to easily access their most-used functions. Fossil Gen 6 is upgradable to Wear OS 3, Google’s new system update announced earlier in the summer, and will benefit from continued improvements in features and user experience.
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