Misfit’s first proper smartwatch goes big on style – now with Android Wear
The days of Misfit the fitness tracker startup are over. Since being bought by the Fossil Group, the company has turned its head to smartwatches too. It’s already launched the Misfit Phase, its first hybrid smartwatch, and now it’s getting more ambitious with the Misfit Vapor, a full-fat smartwatch that’s moving firmly into Apple Watch Series 2 and Samsung Gear S3 territory.
We actually played with the the Vapor back in January, when it was first announced. What helped Misfit stand out from the plethora of other smartwatches out there was that this would come with its own operating system, which was refreshing in an sea of Android Wear. But alas, just two months later Misfit announced it was canning its OS and jumping to the good ship Android Wear after all.
And that was a bit of a shame, because Misfit’s proprietary OS was pretty nifty, taking better advantage of that round screen with a more circularly-oriented UI; apps showed in a scrollable wheel that went around the outside of the screen. Sadly, that will remain vaporware.
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