Microsoft's Band 2 has had its share of the spotlight in the last several weeks. The company behind the device has brought a Tournament Golf Mode, GPS Power Saver, improved Microsoft Health app (Windows 10), greater notification controls, a more challenging health app that lets you compete with friends, not to mention fixing bugs along the way that often creep up in the mobile experience. Well, this month, Microsoft is back to provide yet another update for the Band 2 that brings Connect to Cortana for Android users while delivering a new feature called Heart Rate Zones.
Heart Rate Zones is a new feature that lets you view your heart rate at a glance by providing a color meter that indicates whether or not your heart rate is in the expected zone (range) or not. For those whose heart rate reaches 80%, you'll see an orange color on your Band 2; at 90%, you'll see a red color to indicate that perhaps you're exercising a little too much. Heart Rate Zones is a feature that, according to a renown source, many users have asked for since the Band 2 was announced, so Microsoft has decided to deliver on a long-requested feature in high demand. Additionally, the new Band 2 update that brings the Band 2 to version 2.0.4737.0 and fixes the SMS bug being experienced by Android users. Cortana is now integrated with the Band 2 for Android users as well, seeing that Microsoft wants to compete with Google Now (or rather, what will be Google Assistant, as revealed at Google I/O 2016). In other related news, Microsoft has also brought over a watchface for Microsoft Outlook customers in an Android Wear update to the Outlook service.
To get your Heart Rate Zones and/or Cortana integration, head on over to your Band 2 and proceed to update.