Microsoft Band: a major update and SDK for developers
The Microsoft Band was launched in the autumn of last year, but just yesterday Microsoft released the first major update for it that adds a number of new features and improvements, including a new keyboard, additional tile «Bike» and a new set of Guided workouts Workouts. The company also updated the companion app Microsoft Health for Band.
Although this update fixes many of the shortcomings of the Band, remains a major problem… the device.
The list below outlines the changes in the new update.
With the latest update, Microsoft has added new tile «Bike», which allows you to track workouts on the bike, both indoors and outdoors, being on the track or the road.
With the new tile «Bike» users will receive the following new features:
- Heart rate monitor: heart rate monitor has been optimised for Cycling workouts.
- Elevation Tracking: tracking the height of the climbs, the distance, duration and calories burned. Information will be available in the Microsoft Health app.
- GPS: users can now put their travel routes on a map using GPS and share them with others via e-mail.
- Speed analysis: track current and average speed on the bracelet and mobile app.
- Restore: this feature is available in the mobile app and allows you to view an estimate of how much time is required to recover the body after the trip.
- Fast reading: is the way in which the software giant tried to improve the readability of incoming messages on the screen Band. In this mode, incoming messages are optimized for fast read and displayed with large font size.
- Virtual keyboard and voice replies: Windows Phone 8.1 users can respond to messages in two different ways. You can use the new virtual keyboard based on technology from Microsoft WordFlow, which predicts words and helps to avoid typos. Also you can now respond by voice using Cortana.
- Guided Workouts: Cycling classes indoors Microsoft has added five new workouts.
Also software maker Microsoft Band has opened for third-party developers, releasing an SDK with support for Windows Phone and Android. Ie developers can now build their own apps to interact with the bracelet with mobile devices. The company claims that iOS support will be added later.