Fossil Group smartwatches are starting to get Google’s Wear OS H-MR2 update
In September, Google began rolling out the new Wear OS H-MR2 update, which includes a number of performance and battery improvements. That update is now rolling out to those who own a Fossil Group smartwatch — a nice end-of-year surprise for anyone planning on using their wearable for a New Year’s resolution.
A comprehensive list of devices getting the update hasn’t been unveiled, but a thread on Reddit’s /r/WearOS subreddit claims the Fossil Gen 5 series, Diesel Axial, Skagen Falster 3, and Emporio Armani Smartwatch 3 have all received the update. It sounds like the update is rolling out in stages, so we should see it hitting devices over the next few days.
This update was first detailed by Google back in August, so the update has been a long time coming. According to Google, the Wear OS H-MR2 update includes top to bottom performance improvements, allowing apps to launch up to 20% faster than before. With poor performance being one of the primary concerns of Wear OS-powered smartwatches, the update should ease some complaints.
Users on Reddit report some of the other changes included in the update, including the ability to set the screen off time limit, new screen brightness layout, and an increase in the tile limit. A mod in the thread said they were able to add 10 tiles. Users can also turn off the Long Press Power Button gesture to activate Google Assistant. There are other changes as noted in the Reddit thread, so head over there for more features as users discover them.
When Google first announced Wear OS H-MR2, the company said the software would also make it much easier to manage different watch modes and workouts. The pairing process has also been simplified, while there’s improved support for LTE. Google has also added a handwashing timer in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Weather Tile has been redesigned, making it easier to read information on the go.
Wear OS H-MR2 was previously rolled out to the Suunto 7 smartwatch. Hopefully, we’ll see even more wearables to receive the update early next year.
Featured image: Fossil Gen 5e smartwatches