You Can Now Build Apps For Band, Microsoft’s Fitness Wearable


Microsoft is updating the Band fitness wearable today, building out its on-device feature set, launching a web portal so that users can better interact with their collected data, and releasing an SDK to allow developers to build apps for the gadget. Application updates are rolling out for iOS, Android and Windows Phone.

First up, the Band now has a dedicated cycling tool, that will help people track that specific exercise varietal. The biking tools include ‘Speed Analysis’ and tracking of your altitude changes. According to Microsoft’s note announcing the new capabilities, “feedback is at the heart of the decisions [it] make[s].” Given the popularity of cycling among the healthy, the biking features likely fit under that rubric.


Part of today’s release includes “Insights,” a tool that will allow Band users to parse their fitness and health data inside of a new web dashboard that is part of Microsoft Health, the…

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