Despite Wear OS 3 having been announced in 2021, so far we’ve seen very few smartwatches running this wearable OS – and zero from Fossil, despite being one of Wear OS’s biggest players. But that’s about to change, as the company has just announced the Fossil Gen 6 Wellness Edition, which runs Wear OS 3 out of the box.
This will make Fossil’s first Wear OS 3 device and will join the Google Pixel Watch, Montblanc Summit 3, Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 line and Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 line in running this latest version of the OS.
So why are we comparing it to the Fitbit Sense 2 instead of one of those wearables? Because of the ‘Wellness’ part of his name.
Like the just-released Fitbit Sense 2, the Fossil Gen 6 Wellness Edition puts a strong focus on health and fitness; with a companion wellness app that helps you track and monitor SpO2, VO2 Max, heart rate zones, cardiovascular fitness level, sleep and more. Continuous heart rate monitoring and automatic exercise detection are also part of the equation.
The Fossil Gen 6 Wellness Edition will also be priced the same in the US as the Fitbit Sense 2, at $299 (approximately £265 / AU$475).
Outside of its operating system and fitness features, this doesn’t sound too exciting, as it’s basically just an improved version of the existing Fossil Gen 6, complete with a slightly dated Snapdragon Wear 4100 Plus chipset.
Its other specs include a 1.28-inch OLED screen, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, and a 44mm case in shades of black, silver, or rose gold. Oddly, despite some marketing footage showing Google Assistant on the watch, this will apparently not be available at launch, with a Fossil spokesperson saying On the edge (opens in new tab) that they are not sure when it will be added. Although Amazon Alexa is available in the meantime.
If you like the sound of the Fossil Gen 6 Wellness Edition, you can buy it from October 17th in the US and UK, with no information yet on availability elsewhere. However, if your interest is primarily in Wear OS 3, you should soon have plenty of other Fossil options as well.
Review: Wear OS 3 is coming
While the Fossil Gen 6 Wellness Edition is the first Fossil watch to run Wear OS 3 out of the box, a software update for Wear OS 3 is coming soon to other smartwatches made by the company.
We already knew it would reach the Fossil Gen 6 standard eventually, and now the company has confirmed – according to Android Center (opens in new tab) – that this update will arrive on October 17; therefore, on the same day as the launch of the Wellness Edition.
It will also come to other Gen 6 watches, namely the Skagen Falster Gen 6 and the Michael Kors Gen 6. However, it is only coming to models with a Snapdragon Wear 4100 Plus chipset; Older watches will not receive Wear OS 3.
As noted, even that chipset isn’t exactly new anymore, so if you’re not desperate for a new smartwatch, you might be better off waiting for the Fossil Gen 7 – which will likely use the latest Snapdragon W5 Plus – before upgrading your wearable hardware.
Check out our roundup of the best smartwatches to see what the Fossil Gen 6 Wellness Edition is up against.