Fossil Debuts Its Latest Smartwatches and Activity Tracker

By Todd R. Weiss  |  Posted 2016-03-16 Print this article Print
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The new Fossil Q Android Wear smartwatches get smaller, sleeker designs, while the latest activity tracker gets smart tap controls.

Fossil has unveiled two new models in its Fossil Q Android Wear smartwatch line and an improved activity tracker that gains smart tap controls and replaceable batteries. Also debuting are two new analog watches that connect with smartphone apps to give users wider capabilities.

The new devices were announced by Fossil in a March 15 post on the Fossil Blog, five months after the company unveiled its first Fossil Q devices in October 2015.

The new smartwatch models are the Q Wander and the Q Marshal (both pictured), which include touch-screen displays, refined steel bodies and classic leather accents. New for both models are smaller 44mm or 46mm cases compared to the previous Q smartwatch series and silicone strap options for users who prefer non-leather bands, according to Fossil.

The Q Wander features "a soft curving, multi-finish case with artfully sculpted wire lugs," while the Q Marshal includes a rugged case and "design updates like a striking navy blue plated case paired with vintage-inspired leather straps," according to Fossil.  

Both the Q Wander and the Q Marshal run Android Wear operating systems and include always-on displays as found in the original Fossil Q smartwatches. The always-on displays allow users to continuously have access to information such as the time, incoming calls and various alerts. Users can also respond to messages on the watches by tapping the screen or by using voice commands and can receive Google Now updates for information on commuting, flights and other reminders on the device displays. Both models can be personalized with customizable watch face designs, including exclusive Fossil dials and a wide range of interchangeable watch straps.

Both smartwatch models, which can be used with Android or iPhone smartphones, also will come with slim wireless chargers that use no pins or charging connectors. Prices and availability dates for both watch models will be announced later this year, according to Fossil.

The New Q Motion Activity Tracker

Fossil's latest activity tracker, the Q Motion, follows in the footsteps of its earlier models, the Q Reveler and the Q Dreamer, which were unveiled last year. In addition to being able to track activities and notify users about incoming calls and texts, the new Q Motion adds haptic vibrations and multi-color LED lights for its notifications to users. Also new is the incorporation of smart tap technology, which lets users tap the device to play their favorite music, find their smartphone or take a perfect selfie, according to Fossil.

Also new for the Q Motion is the replacement of its rechargeable battery with a set of coin cell batteries that will run the devices for up to six months. The Q Motion, which is also water-resistant for up to 50 meters and gets a new sleek cylinder design, will be available this summer at prices to be announced.

The New Q Tailor and Q Nate Smart Analog Watches

Rounding out the upcoming Fossil line are the Q Tailor and Q Nate analog wristwatches that include classic watch styling and companion apps that let the devices work alongside smartphones to provide extra functionality to users. Using an Android or iOS app and Bluetooth connectivity, wearers will be able to get alerts about incoming calls and notifications from close contacts with a turn of the watch's hands. The analog watches will also be able to track steps taken, calories that are spent, sleep, automatic time zone updates, a second time zone and more, according to Fossil. Both watches bring together the elegance and simplicity of a traditional analog watch along with some of the latest technology found in a full-on smartwatch.

"Customers want to be connected to the world around them and are eager to access information about daily activities, filtered content and their social networks," Jill Elliott, chief creative officer at Fossil, said in a statement. "The expanded Fossil Q line brings creativity, curiosity and connectivity through smarter watches and trackers that enhance their personal style."



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