Microsoft Band 2 updated: brings new Auto Pause feature

By: Vamien McKalin
2 minute read

There’s a new update for the Microsoft Band 2 and it comes at an interesting time: not too long ago, Microsoft warned of an issue that could potentially affect connectivity between the fitness band and Windows 10 Mobile devices.

While the new update doesn’t directly address the connectivity issue, it’s still interesting nonetheless. From what we have come to understand, the new update makes it possible for the Band 2 to automatically pause its tracking capabilities when the user is not in motion. When the user begins moving again, the band will get back to its tracking ways.

“Microsoft Band is now equipped with Auto Pause. When you enable Auto Pause, your band will automatically pause your tracking session when it senses you’ve stopped. When you start again, your session will automatically resume. Stop at that intersection, take a water break, or chat with your neighbor without a second thought,” said Microsoft in a blog post.

For the moment, the Band 2’s Auto Pause feature only works with the Run and Bike Tiles. We expect it to support other activities in the future but are unable to say when since Microsoft did not give a timeline nor did the company proclaim its intention to do so.

We should point out that the Band 2 has updated its language support, as well. The new supported languages are Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, and Japanese.

At the moment, the Microsoft Band 2 is suffering from connectivity issues with Windows 10 Mobile stemming from the Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview build 14283. If you’ve already updated to build 14283, there’s no need to update your Band 2 — especially if you rely on both devices talking to each other. As such, we recommend users to wait for the next update before taking the plunge — trust us, it won’t be that hard.

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