Misfit has confirmed that their Vapor smartwatch will run on Android Wear 2.0 software. The Vapor was announced back in January during CES but at the time Misfit had not shared what the software would be that was going to be powering the watch as it hadn’t been determined yet what they would go with. With Android Wear 2.0 on board this will put the Vapor among the other devices with the new Android Wear software which are already on the market or will be launching in the near future.
As the Vapor will now have Android Wear 2.0 software this means that loyal Misfit consumers will for the very first time, have access to loads of different applications to enhance their experience with a Misfit product in a way they haven’t been able to appreciate from Misfit until now. In addition to this, Android Wear 2.0 allows for access to the Play Store which means apps can be installed directly onto the watch without having to install the app on your phone first.
While the apps will be a nice benefit for those that choose to give the Misfit Vapor a go, perhaps one of the most appropriate attributes of the watch will be all of the enhanced fitness features that come along with the software, as the Android Wear 2.0 allows you to track your pace, distance, runs, walks, bike rides, and more, in addition to things that were already available like heart rate, calories burned, and steps. This more fitness-focused approach to the smartwatch software should pair perfectly with Misfit’s fitness-focused roots in the wearables industry. Of course the Vapor will also have Google Assistant which means users will be able to initiate tasks like sending messages and get answers to their most burning questions, all without having to take their phones out of their pocket. Android Wear 2.0 does introduce support for Android Pay, but the Vapor does not have NFC which means you won’t be able to use it to make mobile payments via the Android Pay platform. The Vapor will launch later this Summer for $199, and will be available in Jet Black and Rose Gold color options.