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The new smartwatch boasts new cellular call and text abilities for Verizon users with AndroidTM phones on Fossil’s heralded fifth-generation smartwatch

It is with great excitement that Fossil brand announces the newest addition to its wearables assortment: the Gen 5 LTE Touchscreen Smartwatch.

Enabled with 4G cellular connectivity powered by Verizon, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 3100 platform and Wear OS by GoogleTM, Android phone users can stay more connected with texting and calling abilities without needing their phone.

As the newest iteration of Fossil’s latest touchscreen smartwatch, users will also enjoy software updates from Wear OS by Google and Fossil Group, speaker functionality, smart battery modes, 8GB of storage, and the performance and capabilities of the Qualcomm Snapdragon WearTM 3100 platform.

The new smartwatch is launching first in the US and specifically designed for Android phone users with eligible Verizon service.

Gen 5 LTE is Fossil’s first introduction into the cellular wearables space, designed with the Wear OS by Google team and Qualcomm.

Fossil’s smartwatch LTE capability is exclusively available for Android phone consumers through Verizon utilizing their Number Share feature. With an additional data plan, Number Share allows users’ phones and watches to be synced to the same number so when away from your phone or WiFi, you will continue to receive calls and texts on your watch — only an LTE signal is needed.

To connect the cellular functionality, Gen 5 LTE comes with the integrated 4G LTE modem in the Snapdragon Wear platform with an eSIM chip, making Fossil the first mass-market fashion brand on Wear OS by Google to offer eSIM.

The new smartwatch launches with 2 colorways in stunning combinations of black straps on a smoke tone stainless steel and blush straps on a rose gold-tone case. With a 45 mm case size, and endless strap options, Gen 5 LTE continues to provide consumers with personalized technology in customizable designs and styles.

The Fossil Gen5 LTE smartwatch will be available in India 2022 onwards

In addition to new cellular capabilities to keep users connected, Gen 5 LTE also boasts top features from Fossil’s fifth-generation smartwatch, including:

Swimproof Speaker

Users can enjoy audible functionality, calls, and hear responses from Google Assistant — when you ask a question or tell it to perform an action, you can hear Google speak back to you. With the inclusion of the swimproof Speaker, users have the ability to take calls on their smartwatch, and now, Verizon-equipped Android customers can do this phone free via LTE.

Functions include:

– Sound alerts for notifications, alarms, timers, etc.

– Hear responses from Google Assistant

– Play music from top audio services

– Answer calls directly from watch

Added Storage

Users can download and enjoy more apps, music and content with an extensive 8 GB of storage for better performance and faster speed. Impressive storage allows for consistently used third-party apps, such as heart health-focused Cardiogram and audio streaming subscription service Spotify.

Smart Battery Modes

The Fossil Group-developed battery modes offer four battery pre-sets, putting the user in control and allowing for extended battery life. The proprietary experience offers an ‘Extended Battery Mode’ where users can extend to multiple days on a single charge while still enjoying essential features like notifications and heart rate.

‘Daily Mode’ allows users to experience most features enabled, such as an always-on screen. ‘Custom Mode’ allows users to easily manage battery optimization settings all in one place, where ‘Time-Only Mode’ gives users additional hours when the watch has a low battery or if they choose to use the smartwatch to only tell time.

Features include:

– Stainless steel case, topring, and pushers

– 45 mm case size

– Stunning 1.3’’ touchscreen digital display

– Swimproof (up to 3 ATM)

– 24+ hours battery life (based on usage) + multiple days in extended battery mode

– Interchangeable straps and bracelets

– Qualcomm® Snapdragon WearTM 3100 Platform

– Sensors: Heart Rate, NFC, GPS, Altimeter, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Ambient Light, Microphone, Speaker

– Powered with Wear OS by Google

– 8GB storage and 1GB RAM of memory

– Connect via Bluetooth® technology

– Wireless syncing + magnetic charging

Fossil is inspired by American creativity and ingenuity. Bringing new life into the watch and leathers industry by making quality, fashionable accessories that are both fun and accessible. Today, the company continues to focus on what makes it optimistic attitude, dedication to authenticity and creative spirit.

The company makes traditional watches to smartwatches, bags to wallets, jewelry to gifts, complement every style, and fit every lifestyle—for all the moments that make you, you. 

Skagen Launches Hybrid HR Smartwatch

Smartwatch functionality wrapped in a beautiful traditional watch aesthetic

Skagen announces the launch of Jorn Hybrid HR – the latest addition to its range of smartwatches. Fusing classic style with smart technology, the Hybrid HR is aimed at enhancing user experience. Featuring an always on e-ink display, the users can now access the most important information at just a glance.

The Jorn Hybrid HR smartwatch retails for Rs 14,495 and will be available in India April 2021 onwards

Top features include:


Brighten your day by updating your dial, or uploading your own style, choosing the alerts you want to see most, assigning functions to buttons and more on the Hybrid HR’s always-on display.


A heart rate sensor keeps track of wellness and activity—everything you need to live happy and healthy. Track steps, distance, calories, sleep and personal goals with your smartwatch. Auto- workout detection, which tracks step frequency and velocity of movement, automatically starts and ends your workout, making it even easier to track your activities.


Live in the moment—the battery keeps going for days, charges in under an hour and doesn’t need nightly plug-ins.


Enjoy the innovative Hybrid HR features and functionality in a classic 42 mm or smaller 38 mm case size.


Dial up your routine with friends in one-on-one or group fitness challenges with real-time progress tracking. See who is the first to achieve the highest number of steps in a given timeframe, or who is the first to reach a goal within 72 hours.


Track outdoor activities—cycling, hiking and more—to monitor your route via tethered GPS functionality. Wrap-up your workout and navigate through the app on your phone to display a snapshot or animated video of your route.

Tech specifications include:

Skagen Smartwatches work with phones running the latest version of Android or iOS. Supported features may vary between countries with compatibility subject to change.

  • 2+ Weeks Battery Life (Depending on usage)
  • E-ink Display
  • Activity and Sleep Tracking
  • Custom Goal Tracking
  • Auto Workout Detection
  • Custom Watch Faces
  • Integrated Heart Rate Sensor
  • Workout Modes
  • Connected GPS
  • Automatic Time Zones
  • Music Control
  • Notifications and App Alerts
  • Real-Time Weather
  • Alarm
  • Timer
  • Stopwatch
  • Front Light for Low Light Visibility
  • Water Resistant 3ATM
  • Accelerometer
  • Rapid Charging (50 minutes to 80%)
  • Bluetooth® Connectivity

About Skagen:

SKAGEN was inspired by the Danish coastal town from which we borrow not just a name, but a warm spirit and minimalist mindset.
We create watches, wearables, jewelry and leather goods, always driven by our guiding principle: Good design for better living. The key, as we see it, is simplicity — capturing only what’s truly essential in an uncomplicated, great-looking way.

Michael Kors Access Gen 5E Smartwatches

The Darci & MKGO platforms feature as the brand’s newest smartwatches

Powered with Wear OS by GoogleTM technology, the new Michael Kors Access Gen 5E smartwatches pack all the essential features, including health and wellness-related tracking, a built-in speaker for Bluetooth-enabled calling, and contactless NFC payment capabilities. The bestselling Darci platform debuts as a smartwatch this season, while the ultra-chic and sporty Michael Kors Access MKGO smartwatch receives a fresh upgrade with a new silicone strap to match the MK girl’s fashionable on-the-go lifestyle.


The Gen 5E Darci smartwatch takes on a petite design with a touch of sparkle, featuring a dazzling topring alongside a 7-link bracelet.

Priced at Rs 25,995 the Gen 5E Darci smartwatches will be available in India March 2021 onwards.


The aluminum case and silicone strap make for a sporty take on our newest smartwatch — a perfect pair with our latest health and wellness-focused features.

The GEN 5E MKGO smartwatches will be available at select MK boutique stores worldwide.

The Michael Kors Access Gen 5E MKGO and Gen 5E Darci smartwatches are also equipped with our most essential everyday features including:

Bluetooth-Enabled Calling: Connect to your iPhone® or AndroidTM phone to make and receive calls on your wrist.

Multi-Day Battery Mode: Choose between four battery modes to find the best option for your on-the-go lifestyle. Multi-day battery mode is dependent on usage.

Speaker: Get answers from Google Assistant, hear sound alerts for notifications and play music directly from your smartwatch.


Gen 5E is equipped with features to make your health and wellness a top priority while pushing you towards your goals. Whether it’s ensuring long battery life so you can track your sleep, track steps or enjoy the benefits of tracking your estimated heart rate— the Michael Kors Access Gen 5E MKGO and Gen 5E Darci styles will support you every step of the way with our latest wellness innovations.

Phone App Updates: Design refinements, including a new Phone tile and the addition of contact avatars, allow for quick access to ongoing call status, previous call history and improved overall usability. Both Android and iPhone users can continue to answer tethered calls right from their wrists.

Optimized Activity Tracker: Break a sweat without losing the charge with battery- saving workouts. The new Wellness App monitors real- time metrics and optimizes battery life by shifting power consumption off the main processor. Track the essential estimated health readouts you truly care about like heart rate, pace, distance, steps and more.

Sleep Tracking: Track sleep history, monitor your restfulness and set sleep goals. With the Gen 5E’s ability to quickly charge (50 minutes to 80%) and enhanced battery modes, the watch can be worn all day and night. Charge while getting ready in the morning and go.

New Look & Features For Battery Mode: Updates include custom profile creation and a simplified design for easier readability. Custom Mode allows users to save an individual profile to fit your life (create a mode for workouts or after-work hours and more) and quickly access. To ensure extended battery life, the watch will prompt users to switch to Extended Mode.

Cardio Fitness Tracking: Cardio fitness level can be one of the best indicators of overall cardiorespiratory health and is often used in tracking long-term health. The new tracker shows an estimation of cardio fitness using resting heart rate and user biometrics (age, gender, weight) to display an approximated overall fitness level over time.

Michael Kors is a world-renowned, award-winning designer of luxury accessories and ready-to-wear. His namesake company, established in 1981, currently produces a range of products under Michael Kors Collection, MICHAEL Michael Kors and Michael Kors Mens, including accessories, ready-to-wear, footwear, wearable technology, watches, and a full line of fragrance products.

Michael Kors stores are operated in the most prestigious cities in the world. In addition, Michael Kors operates digital flagships across North America, Europe and Asia, offering customers a seamless omni-channel experience.

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