Fossil executives Greg McKelvey and Steve Prokup said in an interview with CNET that the company’s existing Wear OS watches will not be upgraded to Samsung’s and Google’s new combined Wear software platform. Instead, Fossil is planning a premium watch that Prokup said would have “pretty major hardware upgrades,” and existing watches will likely be discounted as budget options.
according to NET, Fossil’s Gen 6 watch should have features similar to future watches from Google and Samsung, with faster performance, longer battery life, new chips and LTE cellular options. “All the software benefits that Google is talking about and the launch with the unified platform is something we’ll be building into as well,” said McKelvey.
Google and Samsung announced at Google I/O last month that they would combine Wear OS and Samsung’s Tizen into a new platform, creating one central smartwatch operating system for Android.
The Fossil executives didn’t provide much insight into what buttons or crowns the company might use in its next Wear OS watch. “I think you’ll still see a variety of offers, even for our products, as well as manufacturers,” Prokup said in the interview, “not so much that you get a watch that ends up having four, five, six dedicated buttons or no buttons.”