Fossil just launched their newest line of smart watches, which include a faster Qualcomm Snapdragon 3100 processor, the latest version of WearOS by Google, extended battery life, and… Cardiogram pre-installed!
The press coverage explains the facts:
- CNN: Fossil Gen 5 smartwatch keeps sleek design, adds improved performance
- MobiHealthNews: Fossil’s latest smartwatch comes preloaded with Cardiogram
- Tom’s Guide: Fossil Challenges Apple with the ‘Best Wear OS Smartwatch’
- Press release: Fossil Group Launches Exclusive Smartwatch Capabilities within Wear OS by Google™ Platform
This post explains the larger trend, and what’s unique for Fossil users, and how it works for both iPhone and Android.
Healthcare is the biggest application of consumer wearables
Wearables lie at the intersection of three very different worlds: fashion (what they look like), tech (how they work), and health (why should you use one?).
It’s hard for any one company to excel at all three. As a fashion brand, Fossil designs beautiful watches, acquired Misfit and partnered with Google to create powerful technology, and is now partnering with Cardiogram to drive impactful health applications.
That’s important because major players in healthcare are starting to adopt wearables: Oscar Health Insurance announced a partnership with Cardiogram Care in April, Aetna launched their Apple Watch program in May, and United Healthcare’s motion program now includes WearOS by Google, Fitbit, Garmin, Samsung, Apple Watch, and more.
For Fossil users, Cardiogram Care is unlocked
Over the last few years, we’ve published research showing high accuracy at detecting four conditions—sleep apnea, hypertension, diabetes, and atrial fibrillation—using the sensors on consumer wearables. This research is now part of Cardiogram Care, which is now covered by some health insurers.
If not covered by your health insurance, Cardiogram Care is normally part of Cardiogram Premium, a $15 per month service which includes Share with Doctor, Family Mode, and more.
But just for Fossil users… we’re unlocking Cardiogram Care! Navigate to the care tab within the Cardiogram app, and if you’re eligibility for a confirmatory test, you’ll be notified.
Works on both iPhone and Android
Fossil watches are compatible with both iPhones and Android phones—and so is Cardiogram. As of Cardiogram 2.12.0, Cardiogram for iPhone works withWearOS by Google watches, including Fossil watches:
Behind the scenes, this required bridging two very different developer ecosystems—Android and iPhone. We’re hoping to write about both the design and technical challenges that needed to be solved to make this possible, but we hope that despite what’s going on under the hood, the final user experience feels simple, intuitive, and even obvious.
Date: August 7, 2019
Source: Cardiogram Inc.