Money Fossil announces new update Android Wear watches with HR tracking, GPS

14:22  09 august  2018
14:22  09 august  2018 Source:   techcrunch.com

Fossil’s latest smartwatches have Google Pay, heart-rate tracking, and GPS

  Fossil’s latest smartwatches have Google Pay, heart-rate tracking, and GPS But these brand-new Wear OS watches are still powered by a chip that’s two years oldThese new watches — the Q Venture HR and Q Explorist HR — range in price between $255 and $275 depending on your band and color preference. They’re available immediately from Fossil’s website. The Q Venture HR has a 40mm stainless steel casing, and the Explorist has a larger 45mm case.

As the company expanded into wearables , however, they went Android Wear route and created a number of lower-powered touchscreen watches . Now, thanks to a new chipset, Fossil is able to add a great deal more functionality in a nice package. The Venture and the Explorist adds untethered GPS

Fossil unveils new Q Gen 4 smartwatches powered by Wear OS and Snapdragon 06 Aug. Pixel users can now sign up for Android 's Digital The Q Explorist with NFC, GPS , HR , and being able to take it to the pool. They just checked all the boxes for me. Now I'll have to see how long the battery lasts IRL.

A smartwatch of Swiss manufacturer Fossil is displayed at its headquarters in Basel, Switzerland March 21, 2018.    REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann© REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann A smartwatch of Swiss manufacturer Fossil is displayed at its headquarters in Basel, Switzerland March 21, 2018. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

Fossil's Q watch line is an interesting foray by a traditional fashion watchmaker into the wearable world. Their latest additions to the line, the Fossil Q Venture HR and Fossil Q Explorist HR, add a great deal of Android Wear functionality to a watch that is reminiscent of Fossil's earlier, simpler watches. In other words, these are some nice, low-cost smartwatches for the fitness fan.

The original Q watches included a clever hybrid model with analog face and step counter. As the company expanded into wearables, however, they went Android Wear route and created a number of lower-powered touchscreen watches. Now, thanks to a new chipset, Fossil is able to add a great deal more functionality in a nice package. The Venture and the Explorist adds untethered GPS, NFC, heart rate, and 24 hour battery life. It also includes an altimeter and gyroscope sensor.

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Existing Android Wear watches have been updated to the new Wear OS software, so if you buy one of the devices on this list you'll likely find it will upgrade to the new branding when you're setting it up or it may already be toting the new name. A slick attempt from Fossil .

Today the company announced fourth-gen Fossil Q watches , starting with the Q Venture HR and Q Explorist HR . These are also the first Fossil watches period to support Google Pay and untethered GPS . Key updates include: Heart-Rate Tracking

The new watches start at $255 and run the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 chip, an optimized chipset for fitness watches.

The watch comes in multiple styles and with multiple bands and features 36 different faces including health and fitness-focused faces for the physically ambitious. The watch also allows you to pay with Google Pay - Apple Pay isn't supported - and you can store content on the watch for runs or walks. It also tracks swims and is waterproof. The Venture and Explorist are 40mm and 45mm respectively and the straps are interchangeable. While they're no $10,000 Swiss masterpiece, these things look - and work - pretty good.

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