Fossil Gen 5

Fossil Gen 5

Fossil $295
Bluetooth

Review date: 11/02/2020

Looking for a smart fitness watch that still looks good on your wrist when you're dressed up and fancy? Fossil's smartwatch runs Google's Wear OS and tracks all the activities, monitors all your bodily functions, gives you contactless pay with Google Pay, has an always display, and lets you answer calls from your wrist with a built-in speaker. It does all that and looks good too.

What could happen if something goes wrong

If you're going to drop $300 on a fancy watch, you probably want to know that watch won't be defunct in a year. Fossil's watch uses Google's Wear OS. It seems Google hasn't pushed a single major update to Wear OS in about two years. We found many users on Reddit complaining they weren't receiving regular updates. Fossil does say they do not use data relating to your health for marketing purposes, which is good. Fossil does not sell personal information, which is also good. Aggregated and de-identified data may be shared with third parties. This is generally OK, although many privacy researchers will point out it is relatively easy to de-anonymize such data.

Privacy

Can it snoop on me?

Camera

Device: No

App: Yes

Microphone

Device: Yes

App: No

Tracks Location

Device: Yes

App: Yes

What is required to sign up?

What data does it collect?

How does it use this data?

Fossil does not use data relating to your health for marketing purposes. Aggregated and de-identified data may be shared with third parties for any lawful purpose. Fossil does not sell personal information.

How can you control your data?

You can request that data be deleted.

What is the company’s known track record for protecting users’ data?

Average

Fossil Group's, Misfit.com website was comprised by a malicious code which enabled unauthorized third-party access to information pertaining to Misfit.com website users, including names, telephone numbers, addresses, email addresses, username, password, and payment card information.

Can this product be used offline?

Yes

User friendly privacy information?

No

Links to privacy information

Security

Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards?

Yes

Encryption

Yes

Strong password

Not applicable

Security updates

Yes

Fossil Gen 5 watch owners are complaining on Reddit about receiving infrequent security updates.

Manages vulnerabilities

Yes

The software on the Fossil Gen 5 watch is Google's WearOS. Google has a security reporting system.

Privacy policy

Yes

Artificial Intelligence

Does the product use AI?

Unknown

Does the AI use your personal data to make decisions about you?

Unknown

Does the company allow users to see how the AI works?

Unknown

Company contact info

Phone Number

855-322-6465

Twitter

fossil

Updates

People Keep Asking Google if Wear OS is Dead, Which is Bad
Kellen
During a reddit AMA today, the Android engineering team acknowledged that they still have a wearable platform to support when responding to a question about Wear OS, after a user suggested it’s looking like an abandoned project. The company’s response was about as sad and depressing as you might have expected from years of neglect, but yet Google keeps trying to tell us they are invested. Are they, though?

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