Fossil Gen 6 appears to be scheduled for July 2021 release

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According to conversations between Fossil tech support and a Gen 5 customer, revealed on Reddit yesterday, Fossil will be releasing the new Gen 6 Smartwatch in July this year. Fossil fans and industry analysts are hoping for a better upgrade this year since Fossil did not update the Gen 5 model in 2020.

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The details were posted on the r/wearOS sub.Fossil Gen 6 Smartwatch

Fossil Gen 6 Smartwatch, here’s what you can expect

Although its unclear as to what might be included in the new Gen 6 update from Fossil, based on rumors we can speculate the following:

  1. The Fossil Gen 6 will finally adopt the Qualcomm 4100+ chipset as the main processor. Given that the 4100+ processor has been available for some time now, there are only a handful of wearOS based smartwatches that have opted to include the faster and more efficient processor. This could change with the arrival of Fossil’s flagship Gen 6 smartwatch.
  2. Out of the box support for the latest wearOS update. Google has announced that it will be releasing a new wearOS update by the end of Spring. This would probably mean that when the Gen 6 watches are released in July, they will feature the latest wearOS update. Fossil is one of the smartwatch makers that is quick to absorb the wearOS updates. 
  3. Although the company did not upgrade the hardware in 2020, it did roll out several software updates last year that provided additional health monitoring features to Fossil customers. Most notably, the August 2020 update provided users with the VO2 max tracking and sleep tracking. Given the competition on health monitoring, it will be important for both wearOS and Fossil to include new and better features.
  4. You can definitely expect battery life enhancements with the new Gen 6. The 4100+ chipset along with software optimizations made by Fossil’s team and wearOS is definitely going to increase the battery life for more than the 24 hrs that the smartwatch supports today.
  5. Lastly, one can expect LTE variants of the Fossil Gen 6 to release simultaneously when the main Gen 6 is released.

We will be closely following the Google I/O update that is coming up in May to see if Google sheds more light on the direction and advancements for wearOS.

As a Fossil user, are you planning to upgrade to the new Gen 6? What are some of the key considerations that you will be using to decide in favor of an upgrade? We would love to hear from you.

I am a technologist with years of experience with Apple and wearOS products and have a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. In my day job, I advise fortune 500 companies with their digital transformation strategies and also consult with numerous digital health startups in an advisory capacity. I'm VERY interested in exploring the digital health&fitness-tech evolution and keep a close eye on patents, FDA approvals, strategic partnerships and developments happening in the wearables and digital health sector. When I'm not writing or presenting, I run with my Apple Watch or Fossil Gen 5 LTE and keep a close eye on my HRV and other recovery metrics.

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