Around 8 months back, Google paid $40 million to buy secret smartwatch tech from Fossil. At the time, neither Google nor Fossil shared any information around the tech. Both the companies just noted that Google bought a “new product innovation that’s not yet hit the market”. Around a month back, we saw a patent filed by Google that was titled “camera watch” and had a single-lens camera which would presumably use Google’s software to deliver great results despite the constrained form factor.
Now a Reddit user has discovered a new smartwatch from Fossil. Titled “Fossil Collider DIANA Smartwatch,” the watch is currently available for pre-order and costs around €200/$220. According to several sources, the DIANA smartwatch will come with physical watch features like mechanical hands with digital elements like displays. The Dutch retailer Bol listed out the following features of the DIANA smartwatch (FTW7009):
- 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!”
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.
– Stacey Burr, VP of Product Management of Wear OS at Google (via Wareable)
In any case, Google will be launching the Pixel 4 device(s) on October 15 and we do expect to see Google talk a little about smartwatch tech and if we are lucky, we might even get a smartwatch from Google.