Fossil’s New Wear OS Smartwatch Lets iPhone Users Take Calls

The all-new Fossil Watch offers one thing that Apple Watch doesn’t i.e an always-on display. The latest Fossil smartwatch can be pre-ordered right now and is priced at $295.

Typically, watches powered by Wear OS are not exactly compatible with iOS devices. However, despite being based on Wear OS, the Fossil watch will work with the iPhone and also let users take calls. Until now, smartwatches powered with Wear OS could only alert users of a call, however, the new Fossil lets you accept or reject the call when tethered with iPhone. That being said the functionality is expected to arrive later in the form of OTA.

Fossil claims to have worked on improving battery backup on the new smartwatch. Furthermore, the company claims that watch will last for multiple days on a single charge. Meanwhile, users can further extend the battery backup by choosing an “Extended Battery Mode.” In this mode, heart rate, monitoring, and notification features are active. Fossil is also offering a “Time-Only Mode” which as the name suggests will only display time and nothing else. This mode will come in handy if you want a stellar battery backup or also if you decide to go on a digital detox.

As a direct result of consumer feedback, we’re incredibly excited to be able to offer our first-ever proprietary apps that offer an extended battery life and increased iPhone compatibility, which is always top-of-mind with our consumers around the globe.- Steve Evans, Fossil

The Fossil smartwatch is powered by Snapdragon 3100, a chipset that is designed to offer better battery life. The Gen 5 Fossil watch comes equipped with a 1.28-inch AMOLED display housed inside a 44mm case. Other specifications include 8GB internal storage, 1GB RAM, NFC, heart rate sensor, standalone GPS a built-in speaker for taking calls. It is available in six color options all of which sport a golden ring around the watch face.

As far as compatibility is concerned, the Fossil watch supports iPhone 6 and up. The company also specifies that it is swim-proof and uses Bluetooth 4.2 LE to tether with the iPhone. Would you prefer Fossil’s new smartwatch over Apple Watch? Let us know in the comments.