Leaks suggest the Microsoft Band 2 may be less embarrassing to wear than the …

21 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Leaked: New images hint at second-gen Microsoft Band 2 to come with curved screen, fresh design.

The flat-faced Microsoft Band wasn’t hailed as the most stylish wearable ever, but leaked renders of what is expected to be the second generation device surfaced via Microsoft Insider on Sunday showing a new curved display.New Delhi: Microsoft has not made official its plans for the second-generation version of its Microsoft Band, but a Spanish tech website has published images of the purported wearable-in-the-making.

The blog is claiming we can expect a new metallic finish, at least on part of the front display panel, but also some new functionality — for example, users will finally be able to measure elevation (i.e. climbing or descending flights of stairs or otherwise steep terrain). Apparently being devised under the codename Envoy, the Band 2 — as it may be called — will be sleeker, more stylish, and therefore perhaps more wearable if the pictures turn out to be accurate. Physical buttons are also here, and the report says it will be more widely available across more markets at launch, including European countries like Spain, France, Italy, and Germany. The most obvious change is the flat, dead-straight display that made the Microsoft Band look dated the moment it went on sale, may become a curved display, much like the Samsung Gear Fit.

Two hardware buttons are shown on the side of the wearable, and a side shot indicates the body should be more ergonomic than before, although the full render gives us a glimpse of an oversized clasp — where some of the Band’s many sensors may still remain — meaning it may not be that comfortable to wear when typing or working at a desk. There’s also a GPS radio for tracking routes, and a microphone for dictating notes on the run.” While the first-generation band was received with mixed reviews, it generally did as advertised, and was complimented for being simple and easy to use. There’s also mention that the Starbucks partnership will continue, allowing wearers to integrate their coffee payment card into the Band, then pay using it in stores.

It’s cross-platform availability was also important to its adoption, but nonetheless it was plagued with poor battery life, and some had concerns that it wasn’t waterproof enough. I’d expect some sort of refresh to the Microsoft Health app, which syncs up with the band to display collected biometrics data, and is available on Windows Phone, Android, and iOS. In the meantime, here’s a shot of the original band from 2014 to refresh your memory: Microsoft Corporation is a public multinational corporation headquartered in Redmond, Washington, USA that develops, manufactures, licenses, and supports a wide range of products and services predominantly related to computing through … read more »

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