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Misfit adds swim tracking to Shine 2 and Ray trackers, but there's a catch

The company also announced the Misfit Shine 2 Swimmer's Edition.

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The Misfit Shine 2 and Misfit Ray are two of only a handful of fitness trackers that are actually waterproof. Despite being able to shower and swim with them, both trackers lack useful swimming features, which was odd given that Misfit partnered with Speedo last year on a swim-specific version of the Shine.

All of this changes come July. Misfit and Speedo have once again partnered to release the Misfit Shine 2 Swimmer's Edition. This is essentially the same Shine 2 tracker that was released earlier this year, but it now comes with new swim-tracking features.

In addition to measuring steps and sleep, the new model can track swimming and count the exact number of laps you swim. It also includes a new countdown swim timer, which will vibrate after a set time to alert you when your workout is complete.

More exciting, though, is the announcement that Misfit will offer a software update to bring these same features to the Shine 2 and Ray. Starting in July, the company will add swim tracking, lap counting and the countdown swim timer to existing devices. This is the same Speedo-developed features from the Swimmer's Edition, but there's a big catch. The update isn't free and is instead being offered as part of a $10 in-app purchase.

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The Shine 2 and Ray both retail for $100. It seems a bit steep to have to pay an additional $10 for new features. The $110 price tag, however, will still be cheaper than the Shine 2 Swimmer's Edition, which will retail for $120. The reason for the $10 premium? The Swimmer's Edition comes with an extra strap.

The Misfit Shine 2 Swimmer's Edition, which is also referred to as the Speedo Shine 2, is available now for order and is slated to ship in the next two to three weeks. Meanwhile, the optional software update for Shine 2 and Ray owners will be available in July.