Microsoft Band 2 stretches its juice with low-power GPS mode
With Fitbit’s launch of its new Alta band, we’ve got wearables on the mind, but today it’s not just new models that are catching our attention. We’re also checking out the arrival of a new update for one of last year’s models, as Microsoft delivers some new features for its own wearables, updating its Microsoft Health companion app and helping the Band 2 stretch its battery life to new lengths.
While some of us will use a fitness tracker to just generally keep on top of our physical activity, there’s no shame in admitting that many of us are interested in losing weight. To that end, Microsoft’s giving its Health app new weight-tracking tools, helping users to easily visualize their progress as they approach their target weight.
As for that battery-life tweak, Microsoft’s introducing a new power-saving mode that helps conserve your wearable’s charge when using the Band 2’s GPS receiver to track position data. While both the original Band and new Band 2 support GPS reception, this update is only for the second-gen model, and takes GPS readings less frequently in an effort to reduce power consumption – while still getting enough data to let you accurately track your run.
Both the updated Health app and new Band 2 firmware are available now.