Misfit Vapor drops its OS and takes on Android Wear 2.0 instead

Baselworld 2017: Misfit’s software become Vapor-ware
Misfit Vapor switches to Android Wear

Misfit has announced that its first full smartwatch, the Misfit Vapor, will be running Android Wear 2.0 when it arrives later this year.

Android Wear watches have been dropping left, right and center, but Misfit's Baselworld 2017 announcement is of particular interest because the watch was initially set to run on Misfit's own operating system. In fact, we played with a working version of the software on the watch back in January, and really liked the user interface.

The OS would have supported both Android and iOS, but apparently Misfit decided it made less sense to go it alone. It's not the best news for iPhone users who were eyeing up the Vapor, but remember that Android Wear 2.0 is now more compatible with iOS, even if it's not the exact same experience Android users get.

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In terms of hardware, everything else looks unchanged, including the touch bezel that makes use of Wear 2.0's rotational input support, letting you browse menus and respond to notifications without obstructing the screen.

The Vapor comes with a 1.39-inch AMOLED display, 4GB of memory, and is water resistant to 50 meters. For fitness, a big part of Misfit's agenda, you'll have an optical heart rate monitor on the back and built-in GPS. The addition of Android Wear means you'll also have access to Google Assistant, too.

It will arrive in jet black and rose gold flavors, and cost $199 with international pricing to be announced. Sadly we still don't know exactly when we'll get it; Misfit continues to tell us it will be available "late summer".

With Android Wear now running the show, the Misfit Vapor is lumped into the huge group of Fossil smartwatches launched at Baselworld 2017. That list includes the Fossil Q Venture and Q Explorer, the Diesel On, the Michael Kors Access Sofie & Grayson, and the Emporio Armani Connected.

Misfit Vapor drops its OS and takes on Android Wear 2.0 instead


3 Comments

  • thefencechild says:

    I used to love my Misfit Flash (other than the software being too plain) so this looks like it could be a winner. I love the waterproofing and the memory for music

  • robojim says:

    any idea if it has NFC?

    • j.stables says:

      Not confirmed at present. Would be great if it did.

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