New features added to Microsoft Band 2 via update include music controls and activity reminder

New features added to Microsoft Band 2 via update include music controls and activity reminder
An update has been sent out to the Microsoft Band 2 that adds new features to the wearable. New music controls will allow users to play, pause or skip tracks from the device being worn on their wrist. The volume can be raised or lowered, and the song title will appear on the screen. The Microsoft Band 2 will connect to any music app installed on the user's phone via Bluetooth.

The update also adds activity reminders. It is up to the user to decide how often he/she will get that kick in the butt from their wearable. And the feature can be set to 'stand down' while sleeping or driving. And once the Microsoft Band 2 user is up and active, it can track the duration of an exercise session, the user's heart rate, and the number of calories burned during specific activities.

The update is being sent out by Microsoft. When it arrives, you will find a "What's New" tile appearing on the Band. Tap it to see the new features offered through the update.

The Microsoft Band 2 is available from physical Microsoft Stores, and the online Microsoft Store. It is priced at $249.99 and features an AMOLED screen with a 300 x 128 resolution. The battery on the wearable will last up to 48 hours. The device will pair with Android (4.4 or higher), Windows Phone (8.1 or higher) and iOS (Apple iPhone 4s and later, and iOS 8.1.2 and later) via Bluetooth 4.0 LE.

source: Windows via Engadget



1. joevsyou

Posts: 1093; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

why would someone buy this over like a gear 2 or some other smart 2? it seems like it wants to be fitness band and a smartwatch at the same time. yet it's too expensive for a fitness band and not quite up there like a smartwatch. So why would i buy one??????????

2. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

The band is its own device, occupying its own niche and you really have to own one to see its charms. It does more than the fitness bands, which do the bare minimum without even a screen, but it doesn't try to do as much as the smartwatches which try to do to much for what they are IMO. The band is not perfect, but is definitely a device worth looking at.

5. joevsyou

Posts: 1093; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

thats true, it's kinda hard to see their magic in videos

3. shinywindow unregistered

Because this does everything sammy does but more. It can track and monitor your sleep patterns which no other wearable does. Plus it looks madculint and cool bracelet handcuff styled as compared to the toyish child sized samsung sissy 2 watch.

6. joevsyou

Posts: 1093; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

100% disagree with you, and sleep patterns? you are not going to care about that much when every single reviewer out there says it's not very comfortable to wear

7. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Super comfortable, and this is coming from a Band 1 owner. I almost forget it is there. Seriously I grab my wrist all the time thinking I forgot it at home. I almost jump into the shower with it on because I forget it is there. The band 2 is that much more comfortable, wife has one. Personally it has been perfect for me. I don't need full apps on a 1.5in screen, cortana works for stuff like voice text while driving. Probably the only thing that would have made this icing on the cake was a sd card reader and Bluetooth headphone support. But its not a deal breaker for me.

9. shinywindow unregistered

@ joe dumbazz, which reviews? I have viewed countless youtube videos which say the watch is very comfortable plus i sleep with mine and it is very useful for monitoring my sleep apnea. So please dont try and project your feelings onto others. Stick to ur iturd.

10. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

so let me ask you the fitbit surge too expensive??????

4. sarah1228

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 12, 2015

i think so,too expensive.

8. shinywindow unregistered

$250 is actually very good price compared to the overpriced crappy krapple watch at $400+ and the sammy gear2 at $350!

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