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Are these the first smartwatches built around the new $ 40 million technology from Google?

The new hybrid smartwatches from Fossil combine physical hands with a circular, low power consumption, always active display. The $ 195 Fossil HR (£ 189) has a monochromatic display that is able to show the type of information that you would normally expect on a smartwatch – including activity tracking, weather information and app notifications – and at the same time energy efficient enough that the watch has a battery life of approximately two weeks.

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When the news about these smartwatches leaked out in September, it was speculated that they were using the secret smartwatch technology for which Google Fossil paid $ 40 million at the start of the year. Fossil said, however, that these watches are not related to that deal. "There is no connection between the IP Fossil that was sold to Google early this year and the launch of the Fossil Hybrid HR," said a Fossil spokesperson The edge in an email.


The watch can track activity to log your workouts.
Image: Fossil


The always-on-display can also show previews of notifications.
Image: Fossil

Fossil has a long history in developing hybrid smart watches in addition to its more typical Wear OS smart watches such as Fossil Carlyle Gen 5. this year. However, the company's previous hybrid watches, such as the Fossil Q Activist, used their hands instead of displaying a screen. This prevented them from showing something more complicated than which app generated the notification.

However, having a screen means that the Fossil HR must be able to give you much more information. It does not have the capabilities of a full Wear OS smartwatch (Fossil says it runs on its internally developed Hybrid HR platform), but it can show you the number of steps you have taken, your heart rate, weather information and preview previews . Fossil also says that the smartwatch can control music playback, call your phone and that the 55 mAh battery can be charged to 100 percent in 60 minutes. However, there is no GPS or Google Pay support.

The new Fossil HR smartwatch is available from today.