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TechnologyAre these the first smartwatches built around Google’s new $40 million tech?

12:45  18 september  2019
12:45  18 september  2019 Source:   theverge.com

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The Fossil Collider watches are the first built around Diana tech . Remember how Google paid the Fossil Group $ 40 million for its secret smartwatch tech and R&D personnel? At the time Fossil and Google told Wareable that Google had acquired “ new product innovation that’ s not yet hit the market

All of this has left Google struggling to differentiate itself and its partners’ offerings. Fossil’ s team certainly has the know how to build solid watch hardware, so this could prove a “We’ve built and advanced a technology that has the potential to improve upon our existing platform of smartwatches .

Remember how Google paid the Fossil Group $40 million for its secret smartwatch tech and R&D personnel? At the time Fossil and Google told Wareable that Google had acquired “new product innovation that’s not yet hit the market,” that would sit within the Wear OS family. Well, this may be our first look at that product. Pictured above are three hybrid wearables that go by the name “Fossil Collider DIANA Smartwatch,” currently available for preorder from a variety of retail sites for around €200 / $220.

Are these the first smartwatches built around Google’s new $40 million tech?Fossil Collider FTW7008, FTW7010, FTW7009 (from left to right).

The most important word in that name is “Diana.” According to a new report from Wareable, Diana (a blend of “Digital” and “Analogue”) is Fossil’s internal name for the hybrid smartwatch technology that Google licensed. It was originally built by Misfit, a company acquired by the Fossil Group in 2015. According to several sources speaking to Wareable, Diana watches combine physical watch features like mechanical hands with digital elements like displays, which Google now has the rights to build in a variety of combinations.

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Google and watchmaker Fossil Group today announced an agreement for the search giant to acquire some of Fossil' s smartwatch technology and members of From a report: The deal is worth roughly $ 40 million , and under the current terms Fossil will transfer a "portion" of its R&D team, the portion

Fossil and Google announced a $ 40 million deal earlier this year for a mysterious and unnamed smartwatch technology The tech was built by talent that Fossil acquired through its Misfit buyout in 2015, and Alongside that tech , however, Google also ended up with around 20 engineers — and

That brings us back to the Fossil Collider DIANA Smartwatch, initially discovered on Reddit. As noted by 9to5Mac, the complications seen on the FTW7008 watch above for heart rate, weather, step count, and date certainly look like what we’ve seen before on Wear OS devices.

Here’s how the FTW7009 model is described by one popular Dutch retailer:

  • Collider is the first digital and analogue (DIANA) hybrid smartwatch from Fossil.
  • 42mm stainless steel case.
  • A modern “e-ink display” (without a touchscreen) sits behind the hands to show steps, weather, and notifications from your apps.
  • Support for 10 different dial elements.
  • Built-in heart rate monitor.
  • Battery will last for 2 to 4 weeks (depending on use).
  • Connect via Bluetooth to your iPhone or Android phone so you can view all the stats in detail such as calories, steps, sleep, and much more.
  • The time automatically synchronizes with your phone.
  • You can assign functions to the right top button. “Want to start a workout with Google Fit or see your latest WhatsApps? It’s possible with one touch of a button!”

There’s also a FTW7010 version of the Fossil Collider that lists GPS and Google Pay as additional features, while the FTW7008 model is available with a brown display, which would be a first for E Ink (but still possible). It’s worth noting that retailer specs are notoriously inaccurate.

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The move would give Google the potential to create its own branded smartwatches to compete against Apple, Fitbit and others in the wearable tech space.

Fossil is selling $ 40 million of smartwatch technology to Google , the company announced Thursday. Shares of Fossil jumped about 8 percent on the news. Fossil is one of the primary brands that continues to build smartwatches that run Google ' s Wear OS software, which competes with the Apple Watch

The fact that these watches are Fossil-branded, despite the Google acquisition does make sense. Back in January, Stacey Burr, VP of Product Management of Wear OS at Google said this to Wareable:

”We saw some technology that [Fossil was] developing that we thought could be brought out in a more expansive way if Google had that technology, and was not only able to continue to use it with Fossil but bring it to other partners in the ecosystem. It’s about bringing great features to the widest numbers of on-the-go consumers.”

In other words, the Fossil Collider series of smartwatches might just be the tip of this Diana-berg. If true, then we can expect to hear more at Google’s October 15 hardware event where the company will announce the Pixel 4 and plenty more.

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Fossil’s new hybrid smartwatches have physical watch hands and always-on displays .
The Fossil HR is available to preorder starting todayBack when news of these smartwatches leaked in September, there was speculation that they used the secret smartwatch tech that Google paid Fossil $40 million for at the beginning of the year. However, Fossil said these watches are unrelated to that deal. “There is no relation between the IP Fossil sold to Google in the beginning of the year and the launch of the Fossil Hybrid HR,” a spokesperson for Fossil told The Verge in an email.

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