Microsoft Band 2 update delivers new features, including music controls

Microsoft’s wearable may not generate anywhere near the same level of buzz as something like the Apple Watch, but with this year’s Band 2, Microsoft really made some smart decisions that helped atone for missteps with the first-gen Band. We just took an in-depth look at what the Microsoft Band 2 has to offer athletes in the first installment of our new Pocketnow Fitness video series, and today we’re hearing about some new features about to arrive, courtesy of an imminent update.

The Microsoft Band 2 will soon feature some new music controls, letting you see what’s playing on your phone while also letting you pause playback, skip around, and adjust volume.

We’ll also see the arrival of a mode that can detect inaction, prompting you to get up and move around a bit when the Band 2 notices you’ve been sessile for just a little too long. Customization features will let you adjust how long you can remain stationary before the Band 2 starts yelling at you, as well as configure the wearable to silence such alerts during pre-defined periods.

Finally, the Band 2’s Exercise Tile is picking up some new tools for presenting your working data, helping you to break down your stats by exercise type.

Look for all these features to be landing soon, and check out the wearable’s “What’s New” tile for more info on them all.

Source: Microsoft

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