Back in March, we gave you a not-so-pleasant update on a funded IndieGogo campaign called Misfit Shine, a wearable activity tracker (like a Fitbit) that is easily one of the most elegant designs you’ll see in the industry. Their team announced at the time that they had dropped Android support, even though they had initially said it would be a part of the product’s launch. As a well-funded project at over $800,000 with thousands of backers, this wasn’t exactly the start that a potential Android userbase was looking for.
As months have gone by with iOS-only apps available, we had almost forgotten about the Misfit Shine altogether. And then out of no where this past week, they announced that Shine for Android was “coming soon.” They haven’t exactly given a firm date, but we do know that it’ll support Android 4.3 devices with Bluetooth 4.0.
For those new to the Misfit Shine, and in the market for an activity tracker, I highly recommend checking out the product introduction video below. This might be one of the most beautifully designed products to enter the market this year. It’s an activity tracker, so it’ll keep track of your steps throughout the day, calories burned, and sleep cycles. The battery lasts up to 4 months, but then requires you to change it out. It’s waterproof, is all about connectivity with an app instead of a computer, and certainly gives off a different vibe than a rubber band around your wrist.
So with news of an Android app on the horizon, that means it’s time to talk about price and availability. Normally, the Misfit Shine can be had through the Shine store for $119, along with separately sold accessories like a sport band, necklace, or leather band. But as of this weekend, they are selling it as a package deal through Best Buy with the sport band for $99. So you are saving $20 in total. It comes in four colors: Topaz, Grey, Champagne, and Jet Black.
Update: The app is now live on Android for select devices. All of my Nexus devices seem to be supported, however, the Moto X is not currently on the list. [Play Link]