Android Wear 2.0 Now Rolling Out for Fossil Smartwatches
Fossil’s Android Wear smartwatches, which include the Fossil Q Wander, Fossil Q Marshal and the new Fossil Q Founder 2.0, have started to receive updates to Android Wear 2.0 today, to bring them up-to-date with the latest smartwatch releases.
The latest version of Android Wear, Android Wear 2.0 brings several new features to Fossil’s smartwatches, including the ability to run standalone applications, a better notifications system, better messaging features and a new material design that’s fresher.
Android Wear 2.0 is undoubtedly the biggest update to Android Wear since its initial release in 2014. Perhaps the best new feature of Android Wear 2.0 is the ability to receive and send messages over Wi-Fi, or even make and receive calls on smartwatches that have a microphone and a speaker, something the Q Founder 2.0 has. You can find out more about all Android Wear 2.0’s new features at our Android Wear 2.0 features article.
Fossil have beaten several other OEMs to this Android Wear 2.0 update. ASUS and LG so far haven’t updated their devices (although they will soon we are told), while Motorola will only be updating the Moto 360 Gen 2 and Moto 360 Sport to Android Wear 2.0 (sorry, original Moto 360 owners). Sony have also disappointed customers, by announcing the Sony Smartwatch 3 won’t get Android Wear 2.0. Boo.
This latest Fossil smartwatch software update brings Fossil’s devices up-to-date with the latest smartwatch releases, which include the HUAWEI Watch 2, a smartwatch that we have mixed feelings about. In terms of features, Fossil Group’s Android Wear smartwatches are generally on-par with the rest of the market. The Q Founder 2.0 (also known as the Gen 2), for instance, has a 24-hour battery life, an IP67 water and dust resistance rating, a 46mm case (with a thickness of 14mm), Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It’s a good smartwatch overall, and it is available in 5 colours with your choice of metal of silicone straps.
With news of this update, we also have a recommendation for you: If you are considering buying an Android Wear smartwatch anytime soon (and specifically an older-gen model), we strongly recommend that you consider which OEMs will be supporting future software upgrades. Sony and Motorola have disappointed their customers this year with announcements that they won’t be upgrading some of their devices to Android Wear 2.0, and the last thing you want is to be stuck with a device that’s going to be outdated soon.