Fossil stops H MR2 update for Gen 5 wearOS smartwatch

On February 26th, the Fossil support account on Reddit confirmed that it has paused the update.

| Updated on: Mar 08 2021, 12:50 IST
Fossil Gen 5E.
Fossil Gen 5E. (Fossil)
Fossil Gen 5E.
Fossil Gen 5E. (Fossil)

Late last year, watchmaker Fossil, started rolling out its latest system update for Google's wearable platform, the H MR2. However, since then it has been a slow process and the update has been currently paused for Fossil Gen 5 watches in order to address some unspecified issues. As revealed by Google back in September, the H MR2 update reportedly speeds up the app launch along with the boot times by up to 20%.

Also mentioned is that the battery performance has been improved with the update. What more is that the update will make it easier for you to manage watch mode and the pairing process will be faster.

However, on February 26th, the Fossil support account on Reddit confirmed that it has paused the update.

“My apologies for not being able to be as active on here as I would like. We are indeed holding the system updates for Gen 5 as we're trying to iron out some issues. We're getting closer to the release date now (though I cannot confirm here) and I'll definitely let you know when it starts rolling out. Thank you for your kind patience so far! Looking forward to bringing back the perks of Gen 5 to you soon,” stated the account.

Also read: Samsung smartwatch with Google's wearOS hinted in Galaxy S20's kernel source code

Although the issues have not been mentioned on why the update has been paused, it is being said that the release date will be coming soon.

However, some of the users have already received the update before and no major issues have been reported so far. So, it is not for sure what bugs are being ironed out in the latest version.

Talking about wearOS, a couple of reports have indicated that Samsung is planning to launch its new smartwatch using Google's wearOS platform instead of its own Tizen OS.

According to XDA developer, the Exynos version Galaxy S20's latest kernel source code release has a reference to a device called ‘merlot' in the Wi-Fi driver. Although the name doesn't reveal a lot about the device or if it will run wearOS software or not, what's interesting is that one of the ‘merlot' references is appearing next to ‘wearOS' reference, indicating that the device might be a smartwatch running Google's wearOS platform.

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First Published Date: 08 Mar, 12:50 IST