Misfit's Vapor smartwatch just got a lot less sporty with the loss of built-in GPS

It's starting to sound more like Vaporware by the day
Misfit Vapor not getting built-in GPS

We are really starting to wonder if the Misfit Vapor is going to be anything like the smartwatch we first heard about back in January.

After deciding to drop its own operating system for Android Wear, Misfit has now made the Vapor a little less desirable for fitness fans by taking the decision not to include built-in GPS as had previously been announced.

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Responding to a question about whether GPS would be included on a Misfit Instagram post, it was confirmed that there will actually now be connected GPS support as opposed to having the ability to map runs and cycling sessions straight from the watch. Yes, that means you'll need to piggyback off the signal on your smartphone instead.

It's another blow for a smartwatch that we had high hopes for when we first covered it earlier this year. We always had our doubts whether Misfit could really deliver it's own operating system and at the same time convince developers to build apps for another platform, so the move to Android Wear was an obvious one. To ditch a feature like built-in GPS though is disappointing.

The Vapor was slated to launch this summer and Misfit has revealed that we can still expect a late summer arrival for the Wear watch brandishing a $200 price tag. With smartwatches from Apple, Samsung and Fitbit all incoming and expected to pack in GPS, Misfit has just made the Vapor a tougher sell.

Source: Slashgear

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4 Comments

  • ShockStrap says:

    Clearly without GPS it will make the battery last longer. I just wish it would of brought the price down to $150 at best. I don't feel the vapor watch will sell well any due to the lack of GPS. 

    Also I've heard of Misfit, though never thought to try them out. For me it would depend solely on the activities offered. I do roller derby indoors and skate outdoors also. Some fitness track done have the activities. 

    Maybe during the holiday season. There will be some great deals on most every android smart watch. As I feel this can be bought on the market today with GPS. 

  • Grant_Thoreson says:

    I've been on the pre-order notification list for this watch since my Pebble began failing in January, but now that the Vapor had been stripped down to just another smartwatch, I'm ending my vigil.

    Amazing to me that that the mere shell of this non-existent product was able to garner rave reviews and awards at the CES. They should have noted how seamlessly it pairs with the Pixel 2 and the iPhone 8!

  • Tiit says:

    Who cares about build in GPS. From my past experience with smartwatches I can say that I will leave my watch at home and not the phone when I go out for a training or walking and this also includes when I go wakeboarding and kitesurfing. Build in GPS is only useful if you run around a block once or twice and can go check your phone if something happens (injury).

  • Tiit says:

    Who cares about build in GPS. From my past experience with smartwatches I can say that I will leave my watch at home and not the phone when I go out for a training or walking and this also includes when I go wakeboarding and kitesurfing. Build in GPS is only useful if you run around a block once or twice and can go check your phone if something happens (injury).

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