In the middle to second half of 2022, Wear OS 3 will begin to roll out to existing Snapdragon Wear 4100 devices, and we’ve recently discovered that Fossil is developing a companion app for its watches.
Watches that use Wear OS 3 are incompatible with the Wear OS app, according to to Google . Samsung has the Galaxy Wearable app, and when the Montblanc Summit 3 launches next month, we should know more. Indicators of a Google Pixel Watch app have also been observed.
Fossil said today has stated that the app will support our WearOS watches when they receive the WearOS 3 update later in the year. Work is still being done, and Google is involved:
The requirements for our entire lineup of connected watches had some influence on the new app’s flow, features, functionality, and other aspects. To do this, we are collaborating closely with Google designers to provide the best user experience to all users.
As of right now, that companion is for the Fossils range of hybrid wearables. Even though the new design is unpopular with current owners, version 5.0 was introduced in June along with the Gen 6 Hybrid range. Following those criticisms, Fossil provided an explanation of the app changes and mentioned Wear OS 3.
Overall, the new app took into account a lot of feedback regarding better promotion of additional features, prominent watch face customization—which was one of the most popular requests—along with a summary of health and wellness statistics because users found the detailed stats to be too much of an eye chart and preferred a more straightforward summary view.
Google’s 9TO5 Wear OS 3 will enable OEMs to own a larger portion of the end user experience than previous versions did. This is clearly seen with Samsung, but it would be difficult for brands like Fossil if these and early comments are any indication . Given that it is responsible for so many watch brands, The Fossil Group absolutely needs to master the experience.