Fossil partners with Google to make its new companion app compatible


Watching the shift to Wear OS 3 for smart wearables has been intriguing, and with each new piece of information we can slowly see how Wear OS will develop over the long term. The most recent data is provided by Fossil, a well-known Wear OS wearable OEM.

According to a Reddit post, a Fossil representative provided an update on the condition of the company’s smartwatches, citing recent changes to the UI and the debut of a companion app. There is also a statement about the shift to new devices arriving with the Wear OS 3 software and some smartwatches receiving an update, according to GSM Arena.

The timeline for H2 2022, which was provided nearly a year ago, is in line with the announcement that Wear OS 3 is coming to Fossil watches later this year.

The new app was primarily created to make it easier to end outdated functionality and to incorporate new user feedback. The new app offers a redesigned user interface (UI) with a more user-friendly layout, and it makes smartwatches from the brands ready to support Wear OS 3 on existing and future wearables.

The Fossil employee reveals that Google is working on a new Fossil app to enable the new wearables software. Instead of relying on the Wear OS app, OEMs can manage the experience with their own companion apps.

According to GSM Arena, the Google Pixel Watch is expected to have its own app, according to a recent leak, while Montblanc’s Summit 3 is also expected to have its own companion app. The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 has a companion Samsung app.

Given how long this transition has been going on, OEMs and smartwatch manufacturers found it to be a major challenge. However, the payoff will be that Wear OS will be a more competitive alternative to the Apple Watch and the standard smartwatch experience for Android will be much more like how the Apple Watch works with the iPhone.

(Only the headline and image of this report may have been reworked by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content was automatically generated from a syndicated feed.)

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