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Microsoft Band 2 copies a feature from Apple with new update

by Jacob Kleinman | December 11, 2015December 11, 2015 10:00 am PDT

The Microsoft Band 2 launched back in October with a curved display, a sleeker design and new sensors. Now Microsoft is rolling out its first big update for the second-generation fitness band.

The update, which is already available for the Band 2, borrows at least one idea from the Apple Watch. Moving forward, Microsoft’s wearable can remind you to get up and move if you sit still for too long. That’s pretty similar to Apple’s stand up notification.

Microsoft is also adding music controls to the Band 2, which most smartwatches—including Apple’s—already offer. You’ll be able pause, play, skip forward or backward, and control the volume from your wrist. It works with any music app on your phone and connects over Bluetooth.

Finally, Microsoft is adding and improving a few of its Band 2 apps. The Exercise Tile has been upgraded so that you can pick your favorite workout activities and put that information front and center. There’s also a What’s New tile that will tell you about future upgrades as they hit.

The update is available for the Microsoft Band 2 now, though the company hasn’t said if it plans to bring any of these improvements to the original band.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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