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Fossil gets active with Sport smartwatch

Fossil gets active with Sport smartwatch

It's called the Fossil Sport and as the name indicates, it's a smartwatch aimed at health and activity enthusiasts.

Upgrades to this year's models including extended battery life, a new battery saving mode, enhanced ambient mode, integrated heart rate, NFC for contactless payment, and Global Positioning System capabilities. When the device is running out of juice, it'll automatically switch into a low power mode; you'll lose some functionality, but in return you'll get up to two days of additional battery life.

All watches will come with new applications auto-installed, including Spotify, and Noonlight.

The Fossil Watch becomes officially available on Fossils website starting today, November 8 and will b e available in select Fossil retail stores around the globe on November 12. Fossil says the Snapdragon Wear 3100 chip will continue to bring battery optimization as the software evolves.

Why's that? Right now, the Sport is the only Android watch besides the Montblanc Summit 2 powered by Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 3100 processor. Typically, smartwatches only come in two or three options, but the Fossil sport will come in silver, gold, dark grey, red, blue, and pink.

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Fossil also claims that the Sport's battery is rated for all-day use.

The Fossil Sport Smartwatch runs on the latest Wear OS platform, and is touted to be swimproof as well.

While the smartphone manufacturers are now getting rid of the Wear OS, the traditional watchmakers have started adopting Google's wearable OS. It's performance. Wear OS smartwatches are known to be sluggish and sadly, the new Wear 3100 doesn't quite do anything to fix that.

Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear is a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries.