Microsoft Health is the companion app to Microsoft's activity tracker, which is now on its second iteration, the Microsoft Band 2. An update is rolling out via Google Play that adds quite a few new features for folks who own the device.
Microsoft's online dashboard provides a place for you to create custom workouts. Now you can proceed to share those routines with friends. Microsoft introduced the feature last month on Windows, and now it's making its way to the Android app.
As you all burn those calories, you can then track your weight. Health has gained a space for you to enter your current weight and see how it fluctuates over time.
On the hardware side of things, the latest update can send sports and news headlines to the small screen on your Band. Looking at the device more often may drain battery life faster, but a new GPS Power Saver feature promises to extend battery life up to four hours.
The updates are live for the second generation Band. As for the original, the changelog doesn't explicitly say. Here's the list of new features as they appear on Google Play.
- Share your workout - Create custom Guided Workouts in the web dashboard, and share them with friends.
- Track your weight - to help you maintain your current weight, or help you reach your weight goals.
- Web Tile Gallery - Sports scores, news headlines. A variety of content you care about can be delivered straight to your band.
- GPS Power Saver - Enable GPS Power Saver in your Bike or Run Tile to extend your battery life up to 4 hours.
- Activity reminders – Get moving!
- Bug fixes