Despite failing to get first-wave smartwatches off the ground and stalling Android Wear 2.0, losing a key hardware partner in the process, Google appears to be putting together a far richer, more diverse group of backers for its still-fledgling wrist software platform.
This includes renewed support from Huawei and Tag Heuer, as well as rookie Android Wear efforts by Movado, Montblanc, Guess and, most likely, ZTE. You can even add Misfit to the list today, although the company’s first full-blown smartwatch, the oddly and courageously named Vapor, was originally supposed to run some sort of proprietary OS.
That’s no longer the plan, it seems, and the American wearable technology specialist acquired for $260 million by Fossil Group a while back wants to make its revised release strategy known at the ongoing Baselworld Watch and Jewellery Show.
Aside from newly gained Android Wear 2.0 abilities, the Misfit Vapor reintroduced today is identical to the device unveiled at CES 2017 in January. Unfortunately, it’s only launching in “late summer”, but on the bright side, the quality-pricing ratio might make it worth the wait.
For $200, you’ll be getting a “design-forward touchscreen smartwatch” with a “touch bezel”, no flat tire, satin-finished stainless steel casing in Jet Black or Rose Gold, and 44mm diameter. There’s also built-in GPS in tow, an optical heart rate sensor, accelerometer, altimeter, gyroscope, microphone, Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor, 4GB memory, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, water resistance to 50 meters, and of course, Google Assistant capabilities, “hundreds of apps at launch” and “enhanced fitness experience” powered by Android Wear 2.0.