Alexa is coming to Fossil Wear OS watches as an alternative to Google Assistant

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what you need to know

  • Select Wear OS smartwatches now have access to Amazon Alexa.
  • The app allows users to access the smart assistant directly from the smartwatch with one tap.
  • Users can add Alexa as a tile or set Alexa as a keyboard shortcut for quicker access.

When the Skagen Falster Gen 6 launched, the Fossil Group teased the availability of Alexa on their smartwatches. The app was technically there, but it remained unusable — until now. On Friday, users noticed (via 9to5Google) that the Alexa app is now live and available for use on some of the Fossil Group’s best Wear OS watches.

Once you open the app, you’ll be guided through the initial setup process, which includes granting certain permissions to the app, such as B. Making and managing phone calls. Once you have connected your smart watch through the Alexa app on the best Android phones, you can use the app on your smart watch.

The functionality is pretty basic. There’s no always-listening feature here, so you’ll have to put up with one-tap access. Still, you can ask Alexa to play music, provide the weather forecast, control smart home devices, dial your phone if you need help locating it, and more.

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The Alexa app on Wear OS

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The Alexa app on Wear OS

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The Alexa app on Wear OS

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The Alexa app on Wear OS

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The Alexa app on Wear OS

The Alexa app on Wear OS (Image credit: Android Central)

While there’s no always-listening feature for the Alexa app, the app does prompt you to set Alexa as a hardware button shortcut for quick access. However, for those happy with their current Shortcut setup, there’s an Alexa tile that should suffice.

Bringing Alexa to Wear OS means users can now access more than one smart assistant from their Wear OS watches if Google Assistant isn’t their cup of tea. The Galaxy Watch 4 uses Bixby but will include Google Assistant via a future update.

The Alexa app should be available on newer Fossil Group smartwatches, including the Skagen Falster Gen 6. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find the app on older watches like the Fossil Gen 5, although it may later be available for those devices. We have requested more information about the availability of the app.


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