Don’t assume your current Wear OS smartwatch will benefit from Google’s collaboration with Samsung, says Fossil executives Greg McKelvey and Steve Prokup. CNET In an interview, the company’s existing Wear OS watches will not be upgraded to reworked software. Unfortunately, your Fossil Gen 5 may be stuck with an aging interface.
If you want a Fossil wristband using the latest software You’ll pay for it. McKelvey says the company is only planning a “premium” Fossil watch (Gen 6?) to take the lead this fall. Sub-brands Michael Kors and Skagen will release equivalent watches. This device will show off “Major hardware upgrades,” Prokup said.
Past models are likely to be discounted as budget options in Fossil̵7;s lineup. It is said to be “more successful” than hybrid models, suggesting that these analog-digital combinations will not be the focus of the future.
The upgrade disqualifications suggest that the new watch running the new Wear OS will be a major leap forward for the platform, but Google, Samsung and brands like Fossil are taking a calculated risk. They seem willing to leave the current owner behind if it increases their chances of attracting more buyers in the future.
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