The thing about technology is that it constantly changes with better specifications and newer upgrades. We’re all the better for it because the aim is to consistently make the user experience more seamless, and life, easier.
With something that’s become quite an indispensable daily accessory, the performance of a smartwatch is heavily dependent on the software its packed with. At Fossil, the brand is ensuring that its slate of smartwatches—its latest series thus far is the Gen 5—keeps up with the needs of its users.
Fossil smartwatches make use of WearOS, Google’s smartwatch operating system. With the latest Fossil Gen 5 smartwatches, users are already able to hear responses from Google Assistant straight from the smartwatch. However, instead of depending solely on Google to roll out updates for WearOS, Fossil has developed its own software update in-house. Technically, that means that a Fossil smartwatch now runs a more enhanced system than the average WearOS smartwatch in the market.
If you already own a Fossil smartwatch, it’s definitely more bang for your buck—same stylish package but internally upgraded.
A smarter design
The software enhancement starts off with a simplified design of its interface. After all, a device that’s comes with a myriad of functions should have a user interface that allows for easy accessibility to all of them. The introduction of a ‘Custom Mode’ adds a more personalised experience that’s tailored to an individual’s lifestyle. Create a profile and set up modes for the different activity levels to your day so you can quickly make use of the functions you need. And most importantly, an ‘Extended Mode’ feature will prompt users to switch to it when necessary to ensure a 24-hour battery life while running all those different functions.
Keep better track of your health
A smartwatch is more than just an extension of your mobile phone. If you’re already wearing one for most of the day, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be getting more out of it. Fossil has included, as part of the software enhancement, a cardio fitness level tracker to help in identifying one’s long-term health. Making use of resting heart rate figures and standard user biometrics (age, gender and weight), the tracker is able to show an estimation of the VO2 max value. It’s one of the best indicators of overall cardiorespiratory health—great for finding out how strenuous that HIIT class was and how your fitness level has changed over time.
Wear it all the time
The Fossil Gen 5 smartwatch has been specifically designed with a quick-charge capability. This means that it takes only 50 minutes for the smartwatch to charge to 80 percent. Couple that with the aforementioned enhanced battery mode, there’s less of a need to part with your Fossil smartwatch. Wear it to sleep and the enhanced software will allow you to get better sense of your sleep history by monitoring how much actual undisturbed rest you’re getting. Set sleep goals so you’d be reminded to get adequate rest; let the Fossil smartwatch do all the work for you.