Wear OS watches and iPhones are usually about as friendly to one another as Wenger and Mourinho, but Fossil’s Gen 5 wearables look to change that. For the first time on a device packing Google’s software, you’ll be able to take incoming calls from your tethered iPhone on the watch itself, rather than just being notified of them. And that’s not all that’s new; an extended battery mode will purportedly give you multiple days of usage on a single charge, while keeping important features like notifications and heart rate readings active. A swimproof speaker allows you to hear alarms and responses from Google Assistant, and all devices now run on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 3100 platform. The new Gen 5 Fossil will be available from £279 on August 5.
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Fossil has stripped back its top-end Gen 5 smartwatch to create an altogether more affordable piece of wristwear in the new Gen 5E. As the name implies, the Gen 5E ($249) shares plenty in common with its flagship sibling, and packs the same Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor, 24 hour multi-day battery, accelerometer, gyroscope, PPG heart […]
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