It's fair to say that Wear OS has been stagnating lately. Google announced a few updates for its smartwatch operating system last week, but they're more like minor improvements than the major overhaul many feel the platform needs. Fossil and its subsidiaries make a lot of Wear OS watches, and now the company is taking matters into its own hands with an exclusive update that adds new health-tracking capabilities, a Phone app tile, and more.
The Misfit Vapor X was released last year by Fossil Group, and has most of the bells and whistles you would expect in a modern Wear OS smartwatch. It started off at $280, but right now you can get it for as low as $15. No, you didn't read that wrong.
The Fossil Gen 5 is one of the best Wear OS smartwatches you can buy, thanks to a stylish design and solid hardware let down only by Qualcomm's lackluster support for the platform and the inherent bugginess of Wear OS. The Garrett styling of the Gen 5 has the same hardware as the regular model, only wrapped up in a fancy new exterior. The usual $295 price tag is quite high, but if you grab it at Amazon now you can get it for the much more palatable $179 ($116 off).
Google's Wear OS still has a few long-standing issues that haven't been addressed, like stagnant hardware and poor app support, but Fossil Group has been trying to pick up the slack. Last year's Fossil Gen 5 smartwatches showed the platform at its best, featuring 1GB RAM to reduce lag and a few exclusive software features.
The Fossil Sport is one of the least expensive Wear OS devices right now. Fossil introduced some fancy new colors recently, but if you're okay with the standard black/silver model, it's now just $74.25 from Amazon. That's the lowest price it has been a while — it normally goes for $99.
If you're on the market for a Wear OS watch, the Skagen Falster 3 is one of the best ones around. It's not cheap, though, as its original retail price was $295, but it's currently down to $238 on Amazon, making it a bit more affordable. For this price, you get the latest tech and a sleek minimalist design, making it worth considering.
For those on the market for an affordable, up-to-date smartwatch to use with your Android phone, look no further than the Fossil Sport. Even at release, its $275 price tag was considered relatively affordable, but thanks to a coupon code on Fossil's site, you can grab either the 41mm and 43mm versions in a variety of colors for only $69. This discount marks a savings of $30 off the already-low recent pricing and one of the lowest prices we've ever seen on this model.
The Fossil Sport is one of the least expensive Wear OS devices right now. Fossil introduced a few new colors recently, but if you're okay with the standard black/silver model, you can buy the watch for just $90 from Amazon right now. That's the lowest price it has been in a few months.
Any company that wants to make their own smartwatch these days will probably license their brand out to Fossil Group. Be it for fashion or sport, there's a Wear OS watch (and a few custom apps and watchfaces) for the purpose. One of those company, women's fashion label Tory Burch, has come out with a new line of smartwatches called the "Tory."
Fossil is one of the most prominent Wear OS manufacturers around, and, in my opinion, its latest offerings are among the sleekest, most stylish, and feature-packed smartwatches on the market. Whether you're shopping around for your next watch or you're searching for a last-minute Valentine's Day gift for that special someone, now is the perfect time to pick up a Fossil Gen 4 Venture. Several retailers, including Amazon, Best Buy, and Fossil, just slashed its price to a new all-time low of $129 — which represents a savings of $146 off the MSRP or roughly $30 off recent pricing.