Fitness tracker company Misfit, which was purchased by Fossil in 2015, has announced that its first bona fide smartwatch will run Android Wear 2.0. The Misfit Vapor has a more streamlined form factor than many recent smartwatches, and is poised to fill a fitness-focused niche.
Originally, the Vapor was expected to run its own proprietary operating system, but perhaps recent developments to the Android Wear software compelled the maker to change its mind. Android Wear 2.0 includes perks like Google Assistant, an on-board version of the Google Play Store and the updated Google Fit app.
The Vapor also sports some specs that should make it a good workout companion. It has built-in GPS, a heart rate sensor and an altimeter (for mapping elevation changes during exercise). It's also waterproof to 50 meters, so it could be a good swimming partner as well.
The 1.39-inch round AMOLED display has a relatively dense 326 pixels per inch resolution, so it should be competitively sharp. With a 44-mm watch case and relatively modern appearance, it could be a standout from bulkier, more masculine-styled competitors like the LG Watch Sport and Huawei Watch 2.
At US$199, the Misfit Vapor is one of the more affordable major-OS smartwatches we've seen. It will be compatible with both Androids and iPhones and is expected to start shipping in late (Northern) summer.