In an interview with CNET, Fossil’s executives Greg McKelvey and Steve Prokup stated that it does not intend to update the software on its current smartwatches to Google and Samsung’s new integrated Wear operating system. Last month at Google I/O, Google and Samsung revealed that they would merge wear operating system and Samsung’s Tizen into a new platform, resulting in a single Android wristwatch operating system. This took Fossil Gen watch’s users into the excitement that the company would upgrade the current version of its smartwatches.
However, American watchmaker later revealed that those who are waiting to see Fossil watch with all of the new Operating system’s bells and whistles will have to wait for the Fossil Gen 6 watch. Company officials announced that Fossil’s premium smartwatch will be released later this year.
According to the report of CNET, Fossil Gen 6 smartwatch will have similar characteristics to that of the next Google and Samsung smartwatches. The new wrist product will have improved performance, a longer battery life, new chips, and LTE cellular choices. “All the software benefits that Google’s talking about and launching with the unified platform is something we’ll be building into that as well,” said Greg Mckelvey.
This premium watch by Fossil will include some major hardware upgrade. “We’ve had, and still have, multiple configurations of buttons in the market at the same time and that’s able to be supported. I think you’re still going to see a variety of offerings across even our products, as well as manufacturers,” Prokup said When questioned about hardware changes.
Though, they kept themselves tight-lipped on buttons or crowns the brand would incorporate in its forthcoming Wear Operating System. “not so much that you’re going to have a watch that ends up having four, five, six dedicated buttons or no buttons.” The company’s executive hinted further.