February 3, 2023

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Upgrading the Skagen Falster 6 to Wear OS 3 will remove a number of watchfaces

Fossil has started rolling out the Wear OS 3 update for its Skagen Falster Gen 6 smartwatches. The only catch is that this removes many previously available watchfaces – another factor to weigh when deciding whether to upgrade to Wear OS 3.

The disappearing watchfaces were first noticed on Reddit (via 9to5Google), and The Verge was able to confirm that the number of available Skagen watchfaces will shrink from around 20 to 5 after the upgrade. That might not worry some people, but fashion is one of Fossil’s strengths as a smartwatch maker, so it’s a little disappointing to see.

Otherwise, Wear OS 3 on the Falster Gen 6 is very similar to what you’ll find on Fossil’s newly released Gen 6 Wellness Edition. That makes sense since they share the same hardware under the hood. This version of Wear OS 3 is nothing out of the ordinary. It’s pretty similar to what you’ll see on the Pixel Watch, except with Fossil’s various battery saving modes and minus the Fitbit integration.

However, there are a few things to consider. You will need to download a separate Skagen app after updating and deleting the old Wear OS app from your phone. This has been the case for all Wear OS 3 watches so far, including the Montblanc Summit 3 and Gen 6 Wellness Edition. It’s a little odd that Fossil would choose to release a separate app for Skagen, but that probably makes things less confusing.

Alexa is the virtual assistant here instead of Google Assistant

It also lacks Google Assistant, which is absent from non-Samsung and Google Wear OS 3 watches. Fossil lets you use Alexa instead, but that’s a reason to hold off on upgrading if your entire smart home is built around Google Assistant, for example.

The upgrade is optional, and don’t worry if you don’t already see it on your watch. Keep an eye out for updates and you should see a notification on your watch. Or you can check this by going to Settings, scrolling down to Systems and tapping About and finally System updates.