Older Fossil Smartwatches to Get Gen 5's Best New Feature

The Fossil smartwatch has gone on sale for USD 295

The Fossil smartwatch has gone on sale for USD 295

This time it has expanded the series with the fifth-generation watch aptly called as Fossil Gen 5.

Since the device will run on Wear OS, you will be able to enjoy the Tiles feature which offers you information that you need at just a glance or a swipe on your smartwatch. Aside from having the latest Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset and the latest Wear OS software, the wearable features new things like battery life pre-sets and a swimproof speaker as well as enhancing the specs from previous iterations of the smartwatch. "No action is required from your iPhone". First off, with the Gen 5 watches, Fossil is introducing several battery modes - a welcome addition given the godawful battery life on 2100 watches. You have Extended Battery, Daily, Custom, and Time Only modes with specific focuses. According to Fossil, this will let users interact better with Google Assistant on the watch itself. Fossil is also offering a "Time-Only Mode" which as the name suggests will only display time and nothing else. Unsurprisingly, these allow the Carlyle HR and Julianna HR to be used for heart rate tracking or with Google Pay, among other functions.

Gen 5 will come in six colorways combining black, smoke, and rose gold and will have a 44mm case size with interchangeable strap options. (Technically 5 ATM is what you're looking for if you want to hop in the pool, but 3 ATM should be fine for showers, dishes, and other mostly wet activities.) For sensors, you get the usual suspects: NFC, heart rate, altimeter, accelerometer, ambient light sensor, microphone, and built-in Global Positioning System.

When asked on Twitter about those new modes coming to older Fossil smartwatches, the official Fossil account said that they'll make them "available to previous generations through a software update later in this year!"

Fossil's latest wrist-worn computer has a 1.28-inch AMOLED screen at 328 pixels per inch.

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