Fossil is working on a companion app for its Wear OS 3 watches

Wear OS 3 will start rolling out to existing Snapdragon Wear 4100+ devices from “mid to second half of 2022”, and we’ve now learned that Fossil is building a companion app for its watches.

According to Google, “Watches that run Wear OS 3 are not compatible with the Wear OS app.” Samsung has the Galaxy Wearable app, while we should have more details with the launch of the Montblanc Summit 3 next month. We’ve also seen signs of a “Google Pixel Watch app.”

For its part, Fossil said today that the “Fossil Smartwatches” app “will support our WearOS watches by getting the WearOS 3 update later this year.” The works, which involve Google, are in progress:

Some of the new app’s flow, features, functions and more are influenced a bit by meeting the requirements of our entire smartwatch portfolio. As part of this, we work closely with Google designers to collectively deliver the best possible user experience for all users.

This companion is today for Fossil’s hybrid clothing line. Version 5.0 was released alongside the Gen 6 Hybrid lineup in June, although existing owners didn’t like the new design. These complaints led Fossil to explain the changes to the app and mention Wear OS 3.

Overall, the new app took a lot of feedback on better promoting more features, more customization of the watch face, which was one of the most requested items, and a summary health and wellness stats because users found the detailed stats too much of an eye candy and I wanted a simpler summary view.

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Compared to what came before, Wear OS 3 will allow OEMs to take more ownership of the end-user experience. This is on full display with Samsung, but could be a challenge for Fossil if these early comments are any indication. The Fossil Group must really nail the experience considering they are behind so many watch brands.

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