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Fossil shares jump after Google agrees to buy smartwatch tech for $40 million

Key Points
  • Google will buy $40 million worth of Fossil Group's smartwatch tech.
  • Fossil builds smartwatches that run Google's Wear OS platform, which competes with the Apple Watch.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks onstage during the annual Google I/O developers conference in Mountain View, California, May 8, 2018.
Stephen Lam | Reuters

Fossil is selling $40 million of smartwatch technology to Google, the company announced Thursday.

Shares of Fossil jumped about 8 percent on the news.

Fossil is one of the primary brands that continues to build smartwatches that run Google's Wear OS software, which competes with the Apple Watch but has struggled to gain mass adoption among consumers. But Fossil said that smartwatches are its fastest-growing category.

"The addition of Fossil Group's technology and team to Google demonstrates our commitment to the wearables industry by enabling a diverse portfolio of smartwatches and supporting the ever-evolving needs of the vitality-seeking, on-the-go consumer," said Stacey Burr, vice president of product management, Wear OS by Google.

Fossil said the transaction is expected to close in January.

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