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Fossil’s new connected watches are its smallest yet

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Fossil, which has been pumping out near countless smart and hybrid watches since 2015, is adding two more models to its lineup today. The new Q Neely and Q Jacqueline are the smallest hybrid watches in Fossil’s lineup, and feature case sizes of just 36mm. They are based off of Fossil’s most popular women’s watch designs and are available on October 22nd starting at $155.

The Q Neely and Q Jacqueline don’t differ much in functionality from their predecessors -- they’re still analog watches with basic fitness tracking and notification support. Either watch will count steps, track sleep, buzz when you get a notification on your phone, and of course provide the current time. The three buttons on the side of either watch can be configured to bring up the date, control music playback on a phone, take a picture with the phone’s camera, and more. A dial on the inside of the watch face shows how close to a step count goal you are. But there’s no confusing these simpler, connected watches with a full touchscreen smartwatch.

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Fossil says that even though the new watches are smaller than earlier models, they still provide up to six months of battery life, depending on how many notifications you get per day.

In addition to the new watch models, Fossil is launching a revamped version of its app for iOS and Android that offers a new design and more functionality. The new app groups the app’s most used features on the main home screen and adds visualizations for activity progress. There are also new options for customizing the watch’s buttons, including a stopwatch function and a commute time function, which will move the watch’s hands to show you when you’ll arrive at home or work based on current traffic conditions.

The new app is compatible with all Fossil Q hybrid watches and should be available on Android and iOS this week.

Photo by Dan Seifert / The Verge