After introducing Cortana integration to Microsoft Band, and improving some social sharing features, Microsoft released a new update for the device, this time more focused on developers. Namely, Microsoft Band SDK has been updated, so the device will now work better with Windows 10 Mobile.
This update is available only for Microsoft Band 2, as the v1 didn’t receive any changes recently, which is not surprising, since there’s a word that Microsoft plans to start working on Microsoft Band 3.
Microsoft Band 2 SDK Update Features
Here’s the complete changelog of the Band 2 SDK update:
- Provides the current day’s values for the Altimeter, Calories, Distance, Pedometer and UV sensors.
- Enables Windows Phone 10 Universal Apps to handle tile events in the background. The supported tile events are TileOpened, TileClosed and TileButtonPressed. This feature removes the limitation that Windows Phone 10 apps need to run in the foreground to handle tile events
As you can see, the SDK update for Band 2 brings the ability for developers to ‘transform’ Microsoft Band 2 into some kind of remote control for their Windows 10 Mobile Devices. You can basically use Microsoft Band to use any app installed on your Windows 10 Mobile device, if it is compatible with receiving commands from Microsoft Band.
Since Microsoft Band is now compatible with Cortana, you can use Microsoft’s virtual assistant to control your Windows 10 Mobile apps from your Microsoft Band 2.
The new update also brought the ability to access current day’s values, like Altimeter, Calories, Distance, Pedometer and UV sensors, you can have more info about how your daily activities affect your body.
Microsoft introduced the idea of one operating system for all devices with Windows 10, and ever since the operating system has been released, the company delivers new updates for all its devices, to strengthen Windows 10’s cross-platform approach.
Check out full Microsoft Band SDK update Release Notes.