Finally traditional Watchmakers are showing interest in Android wear. After being in the business of watchmaking, they also want to be closely associated with android wearables. Watchmaker, Fossil has entered into the smart watch segment by launching the first Android Wear-powered smartwatch along with other wearables powered by Android.
The US based company has created the Fossil Q series in line with Android wearable. The Fossil Q series ensures that users not just use their watch to keep time but also use it track their fitness activity and stay updated with app notifications. Despite being known for its fashionable watches, Fossil aims to target a digitally conscious audience with the Smartwatch.
Fossil Q line of connected wearable including two types of connected watches of both display and non-display along with two connected bracelets in separate sets for men and women. The complete Fossil Q line of products is powered by Intel.
The entire Fossil Q range is compatible with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and higher, Apple phones running iOS 8.2 or higher. It can be connected to smartphones via Bluetooth. The Fossil Q range is best suited for fitness enthusiasts who like to keep tabs on their fitness activity like running, walking, sleeping. The Fossil Q range can be synced with all popular fitness apps such as Google Fit, Health, UP by Jawbone, and UA Record by Under Armour. All the devices are powered by wireless charging base for wire-free charging.
The company is marketing the Android Wear-based Q Founder as a high-end smartwatch, though not a luxury one. The watch is priced at approximately Rs. 18,000. The Q founder will soon go on sale. The Q Founder was developed in partnership with Intel and Google. Though originally based on Android Wear, the smartwatch is compatible with both Android and iPhone.
The other two products from Fossil's Q series include Q Reveler and the Q Dreamer, which are fitness trackers, priced at $125 (or approximately Rs. 8,000) each. The Reveler and the Dreamer range of wearable will go on sale from Sunday.
The Q Grant is the company's regular watch with some built-in sensors. It can track fitness, notify emails, texts, incoming calls and app notifications. The biggest addition to Q Grant is its colored LED indicators which are placed either side of the watch. It will be available from Sunday and has been priced at $175-$195 or approximately Rs. 11,500-13,000.