Fossil Gen 5 smartwatches announced with speakers and better iPhone support

Fossil Gen 5 smartwatches announced with speakers and better iPhone support

Fossil Group will launch more than 100 new smartwatch styles across 10 brands over the course of the year.

U.S. accessories brand Fossil Group has announced an update and unveiled its fifth-generation Wear OS watch - boasting the latest hardware, fresh features and a focus on longer battery life. These four battery saver modes - Extended Battery, Daily, Custom, and Time Only, are only available on the new Fossil Gen 5 smartwatches at the moment, but if you've recently bought a previous generation Fossil smartwatch, then you're in luck.

Fossil claims to have worked on improving battery backup on the new smartwatch. Custom Mode allows you to manually manage the battery optimization settings while Time-Only Mode is for those times you're running low on battery so you just use the smartwatch to tell time.

As it pertains to battery life, Fossil says users can charge a Gen 5 smartwatch up to 80 percent in one hour via rapid charging. Still it will offer multiple days of battery backup. It'll offer tethered calls from your wrist for Android phones from launch and, for the first time on Wear OS, from iPhones - though this relies on a separate app coming later in the autumn. Many smartwatches have heart rate monitors but the software tends to not give you much useful information aside from BPM. One of them is the "Extended battery mode" that runs the watch for several days while keeping the notification alerts and the heart rate sensor active.

Talking about the specs, the Fossil Gen 5 smartwatch is powered with Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset coupled with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. What's even bigger news there might be the fact that those new battery modes won't be Gen 5 exclusives. The speaker can also be used for taking calls and it will be able to play third-party music.


The Gen 5 watch has a 1.28 inch AMOLED display inside a 44 mm stainless steel case that's only a bit thicker than the Apple Watch Series 4, and is compatible with 22 mm straps.

The big new feature here is arguably a swim-proof speaker, which lets your watch talk back to you when using Google Assistant and also lets you take calls from your watch.

Things get pretty interesting for the Fossil Gen 5 in both hardware and software. You will get a bunch of pre-installed apps such as Spotify, Cardiogram, Noonlight etc. The company has included an accelerometer, altimeter, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, heart rate sensor, microphone, NFC and untethered Global Positioning System too.

In reality, this Gen 5 Wear OS watch will likely constitute a small upgrade from the last version.

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