Microsoft's Band 2 wearable is no longer supported by Cortana on Android

Microsoft is killing off support for its Band 2 fitness band on the Android version of Cortana, just seven months after its initial addition. This latest move from Redmond serves as further evidence that the tech giant has all but abandoned the idea of producing and selling wrist-worn wearables in the foreseeable future.

You won't be able to locate this change in the latest "what's new" patch notes in Cortana's Google Play Store listing, but after pressing "Read more", one can see the update being mentioned in the last sentence of the description:

Albeit being chock-full of features and receiving mostly good reviews, the Band 2 didn't exactly achieve a slam dunk. An initial asking price of $249.99 (somesmartwatches sell at half the price) and a below-par battery life effectively prevented the fitness tracker from being a success. The gadget was pulled from the Microsoft Store and several brick-and-mortar retailers back in October, and the manufacturer hasn't revealed much regarding the future of the Band ever since.


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