Fossil has released its Q Founder in the Google Store as an Android Wear-powered device, but some may not find it to be rugged or feminine enough for their tastes. One underlying criticism of smartwatch manufacturers made by tech reviewers is that "there aren't enough smartwatches for the ladies." Well, to add to its collection, Fossil has now brought seven new wrist wearables to the forefront, but only two smartwatches: the Fossil Q Marshal and Q Wander.
The Fossil Q Marshal is said to be a more rugged version of the Q Founder that's already on the market, The Q Marshal will be similar to the specs of the Q Founder, but feature an alternative design to the silver and black metal Q Founder. The Q Wander is a more feminine version of Fossil's smartwatch, but seems similar in design to that of the Moto 360 (2015) model that Motorola made for female customers. Yes, some women want something with a little more "bling" than regular smartwatches. I, on the other hand, think that the male/female smartwatch distinctions we're making is a dangerous one, but I do wonder whether or not Huawei's Watch Jewel and Watch Elegant are selling really well or at all.
In any case, buyers who pick up the Q Marshal or Q Wander can expect to have a slightly better wireless charging pillow than that of the Q Founder. Fossil says it's made the wireless charging pillow smaller, lighter, and more comfortable to carry around as compared to the Q Founder model. Wireless charging is where the future of technology is, so we applaud Fossil for sticking with this charging (like Motorola) instead of promoting the magnetic charging that seems to characterize the strategy of Asus (ZenWatch 1, ZenWatch 2), LG (G Watch, G Watch R, Watch Urbane), and others (such as Sony with its Smartwatch 3). Samsung's Gear S2, a major smartwatch seller in the Android space and smartwatches in general, features in-built wireless charging -- and Fossil's decision here puts the company at the top of the Android Wear space (even pass Huawei with its $400-$500 Huawei Watch). The Fossil Q Marshal and Q Wander will both cost $275 when they're released.
We don't know anything about the specs and features, so all we can say at most right now is that the Q Marshal and Q Wander could possibly match that of the Q Founder's specs. Still, though, we hope that Fossil takes things a step further, but with very minimal software (due to Android Wear) and very little in the way of spec bumps, you're getting yet another good-looking smartwatch. That could be good or bad, depending on your perspective, but we'll leave that up to you.