Fossil Gen 5 Wear OS update rolling out again after earlier pause

Fossil Gen 5Source: Joe Maring / Android Central

Google surprised many when it rolled out an update for Wear OS, aiming to improve the performance of its smartwatch platform. The update, dubbed H MR2, brought some under-the-hood improvements to make Wear OS faster and more battery efficient. The Suunto 7 received the update first, followed by the Fossil Gen 5 smartwatch, but apparently, Fossil is having some issues and has paused the rollout.

According to a Fossil representative on Reddit, the company is working out some issues with the update, which is why some users have yet to receive the update:

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.

The cause of the hold is unknown, but users that have already received the update do not seem to have any problems with their smartwatches. This also does not seem to affect Fossil’s own software update which was rolled out last year to the Gen 5 as well as the Gen 5E which is arguably the company’s best Wear OS watch. That update also brought some new features as well as improvements to battery life.

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Hopefully, the issues get ironed out sooner rather than later so more people can take advantage of the latest Wear OS improvements, particularly owners of the Fossil Gen 5 LTE, which has not received either update.

Update, April 30 (05:00 pm ET) — Fossil is now updating the Gen 5 once more

Fossil has restarted the Gen 5 update once more. Users over on reddit have reported an update that rolled out this week, hitting even devices which had received the previous buggy build.

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