Fossil Group has been Google's main partner with Wear OS for years, producing dozens of watches under a handful of different brands. The company's main flagship watch is the Fossil Gen 5, which is nearing two years old. Fossil didn't announce a Gen 6 line at this year's CES show, but there is a new LTE version of the Gen 5 coming this spring.
Fossil is known for making some of the best-looking smartwatches on the market, which also tend to offer a good compromise when it comes to features. The brand's fifth generation of timepieces is currently on sale, down to its lowest price ever at only $139, which is more than 50% off its initial retail price.
OnePlus has released plenty of phones over the years, but one product it has never tried to revolutionize (yet) is the smartwatch. We thought that might change when a listing for the OnePlus Watch was spotted this past summer, but then things got delayed and the status of the watch was unknown. We now know that it's coming — and we won't have long to wait.
OnePlus has been playing with the idea of producing a smartwatch for years, and a few months ago, it seemed to finally be happening. Even though the plans were reportedly delayed in October after a corporate shake-up, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has now mentioned the project in an interview.
Almost since the platform's inception, Facer has been one of the best third-party apps on Wear OS. It allows users to create and share watch faces with no programming knowledge, and now it will come installed by default on some of Fossil's smartwatches.
Qualcomm revealed two new wearable chipsets back in June, the Snapdragon Wear 4100 and 4100+. The new chips are a significant upgrade over Qualcomm's previous designs, with up to 85% faster performance and improved battery optimization, but there hasn't been a Wear OS smartwatch yet that utilizes the newer chipsets. That's finally changing, as Mobvoi has announced the first Wear OS watch with the Wear 4100.
Smartwatches are great for staying on top of notifications, sending quick messages, and keeping track of fitness statistics. Right now, Amazon is offering big savings on a number of smartwatches from the likes of Fossil, Skagen, and Armani. There are options that will look good on anyone's wrist, and the prices start at just $169 for some of the best Wear OS options you'll find available today.
While it seems like most of today's Wear OS watches come from Fossil, premium watch maker Citizen is finally introducing a device running Google's wearable OS. Citizen may be a major name in the watchmaking world, but the CZ Smart seems perfectly average for a smartwatch — although that's not necessarily a bad thing.