When it was announced at CES 2017 in January, Misfit’s Vapor didn’t have an operating system that we were familiar with. The Fossil-owned subsidiary planned on shipping a smartwatch running in-house software. Doing so would allow Misfit to create a device tailored for its own needs and cater to specific consumers. Well, those plans are gone. Misfit is moving forward with a platform that already exists, is developed by a company for the masses to use, and just experienced an overhaul.
The Vapor from Misfit will be powered by Android Wear 2.0 when it arrives later this year.
With the Vapor, you’re getting an activity-focused smartwatch packed inside a luxury-leaning body.
Here’s Misfit’s rundown of the Vapor and its features:
- A stunning 1.39” full round AMOLED display, accentuating a vibrant color palette in 326 pixels per inch
- An accelerometer, altimeter, gyroscope, optical heart rate sensor, GPS, and microphone to deliver world-class fitness tracking and smartwatch applications straight to the wrist
- A touch bezel allows users to seamlessly browse Vapor’s menu of watch faces and applications, and respond to notifications, without obscuring content on the display
- A Qualcomm® Snapdragon Wear™ 2100 processor and 4GB of memory as well as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity.
- Water resistance to 50 meters
- A durable 44mm satin-finished stainless steel upper casing in Jet Black or Rose Gold
There wasn’t any explanation from Misfit as to why the Vapor no longer runs proprietary software, but it’s pretty easy to understand potential reasons. Fossil, which purchased the brand in 2015 for $260 million, sells Android Wear-powered smartwatch of its own. Misfit’s parent company could be seeking to streamline operations across all subsidiaries, meaning its not budget-friendly for Misfit to develop an operating system and try getting outside developers to assist in building an entirely new ecosystem.
Android Wear, meanwhile, has been around for a couple of years. Fossil and Misfit can simply add to it Android Wear’s capabilities. Consumers get the robust platform Google made for wearables within a Misfit-made design. Considering Misfit’s hardware is consistently attractive and Android Wear will continue to be supported by Google for many years, the Vapor and its buyers will be in good hands.
Misfit says it’ll release the Vapor in “late summer” for $199.