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Vector Watch to focus on Windows 10 for future app versions

The team behind the Vector Watch have revealed they will focus their Windows app efforts on Windows 10 going forward. The team previously released an app that worked on both Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 10 Mobile.

In an email sent to Windows Central reader Andreea Pascariu, the Vector Watch team stated:

We would like to inform you that we have decided change our approach to the Windows Phone app from a software architecture point of view, more precisely reworking our app from the ground up. This decision is a repercussion of the fact that we want to bring the Windows Phone community the top-level, highly functional product it deserves, both from a hardware, as well as a software point of view. Additionally, we will be focusing on Windows 10 from v1.1 onward, seeing how virtually every Lumia flagship and most of the post 2014 models are upgradeable to Windows 10.

The email stated that the team expects to release a beta of the new Vector Watch app on April 20, followed by a production version on April 27. It added:

Due to the fact that Parse (our push notification service) offers minimal support as far as Windows platforms are concerned, and we have not yet received a solution, despite our constant bug reports, we have decided to temporarily remove the ESPN, BBC, THE ECONOMIST, and other apps due to frequent client complaints regarding the lack of regular updates on the apps. This issue is due to the fact that there is a lack of support for push notifications from the Parse, seeing how on the iOS and Android platform we have encountered no such issues. Thus, push notifications are being sent twice from the Microsoft servers. Until we have a valid fix for this issue, we cannot, in good conscience, release a faulty software product. We apologize for any sort of inconvenience this issue might have caused!

You can purchase the Vector Watch starting at $299 from its website.

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Thanks again to Andreea Pascariu for the tip!

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  • Anyone have one of these? I'm not really sold on smartwatches, but these look better than most.
  • Watch our video hands-on. I have one. Use it on occasion. Incredible battery life, does notifications (although they could be better) and it looks great to wear.
  • Would you recommend this over the ms band if I am a Windows fan?
  • Depends on what you want from a smartwatch. What features would you like?
  • Depends what you want the Band for. If you're a fitness freak, it's no good. It's a watch first, tracker second. I on the other hand would like a watch to be a watch with some phone repeatability.
  • It depends on what you want. I wanted something that was fitness oriented, but looked more like a smartwatch or traditional watch. I chose the Fitbit Blaze because it looks much nicer than their typical fitness band, and it has notifications for text, calls, and calendar events. It also gets about 5 days from a full charge.
  • The hardware is great but the software barely barely worked after weeks of trying and customer support and downgrading from insider preview. Even then, I couldn't switch to Fahrenheit or choose a US location for weather, couldn't switch from 24 hour time, and couldn't get it to pair reliably. While they might fix all this, I wouldn't buy it until they do. I returned mine. The hardware is amazing though.
  • Question what os vector smart watches runs it not Android wear, W10 and definitely not watch os but it works on all platforms.
  • It's custom. A watch doesn't need to use watchOS or Android Wear, because there is a Notification Listening API on Android and iOS they can use to pull notifications. Not sure about Windows though. Pebble uses the same API for their software. I've been using this watch the past three months with my Nexus 6P. New features get added every two weeks, as well some bug fixes. I charge it the first day of the month, and the past two months it still had around 30% remaining. Hopefully they can get the Windows app squared away.
  • Disappointing that yet again it seems there are issues with notifications only with Microsoft platforms, they really need to sort that out.
  • Nice looking watch. I'll get one.
  • Microsoft really needs to fix these server issues plaguing wearables...
  • Great news. Just hope they bring out an upgraded watch too, not sold on the resolution or huge bezel, but W10 support is great.
  • The resolution doesn't look so bad in person Imo. At arms length it looks fine.
  • That would be cool if there was a smartwatch with windows 10. Would it possibly be Iot?
  • Their support for windows phone makes me put my wallet in the air and scream "I want that watch" Posted from WC for W10 running on my 930.
  • My wallet is anemic right now... :(
  • Love the watch, hate the WP app. It kills my Lumia 830 battery (I get a full day of use if I uninstall the Vector app, about a half day if it's installed) and the Vector app breaks the phone's notifications. After 6-8 hours, notifications from third party apps stop displaying on the device or watch. When I reboot the phone, all the lost notifications fire at once- MSN News headlines, eBay outbid notices, battery status warnings, (from Battery Pro+), etc.
    FWIW, "Andreea Pascariu" might be a Windows Central reader sending in this tip, but she's also the Vector employee that sent me that same form email in response to my complaints about the issues above.
  • And she's responsive and willing to help :)
  • Great to know that they are continuing support for Windows as we head to Windows 10. If the new app is received positively, I can finally consider upgrading to Windows 10 Mobile!