Fossil hybrid smartwatch with analog arms & E-Ink show emerges, probably operating Wear OS

According to a report yesterday, Google earlier this 12 months purchased Fossil’s hybrid smartwatch know-how mixing analog arms and screens. Such a wearable from Fossil has now emerged and it’s probably operating Wear OS.

Several online listings have emerged (by way of Reddit) exhibiting the “Fossil Collider Hybrid Smartwatch HR.” There are quite a few variants, however they take the overall form of a spherical watch. The outer perimeter options hour and minute markers in varied kinds which can be leveraged by analog arms that originate from the middle of the display screen.

Underneath that bodily layer is what seems to be an E-Ink show. This is the place we get our first indication that the Fossil Collider is perhaps operating Wear OS. Those 4 issues for coronary heart charge, climate, step rely, and date look much like those discovered on Wear OS units.

Other obtainable pictures present a health app that’s paying homage to Google Fit’s Wear OS consumer, in addition to the power to get textual content messages. Navigation appears to be carried out by three aspect buttons.

Retail shops value the system at round $225 with options like health monitoring and Google Pay, although the latter performance would possibly simply be a results of reused advertising copy. Android and iOS cellphone compatibility is an identical to Wear OS. Battery life is rated at over 2 weeks with the units having 50 meter water resistance.

The know-how that appears to be powering these Wear OS Fossil hybrid smartwatches was revealed yesterday by Wareable to be codenamed “Diana.” Developed by Fossil following their Misfit acquisition in 2015, it permits for kind elements that embrace a display screen and a few that don’t. Now owned by Google, Fossil and different producers are capable of license the know-how.

We’ve reached out to Google on whether or not Wear OS is coming to hybrid smartwatches, and to Fossil about this system particularly.

 


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