Microsoft Band 2.0 release date nears: GPS, UV sensors, Windows 10 for IoT OS will be part of package
Microsoft Band 2.0 is coming out sooner than expected. After weeks of speculations it has almost been confirmed that the company will be showcasing not just Band 2.0 in the next two weeks, it is also expected to showcase many more products including two smartphones and Microsoft Surface Pro 4, the much awaited tablet/ laptop hybrid.
For weeks there have been rumors that as it is around a year since the launch of Microsoft Band, the company will be launching the next gen wearable. The demand for the band hasnâ€™t slowed down since its launch late last year, nonetheless the users have faced several issues including its battery life and the fact that it is not very comfortable in wearing the device.
There are not just major design changes as far as the new wearable is concerned, the changes are all encompassing indeed. Many reports are claiming that Band 2.0 will be powered by Windows 10 for IoT operating system. The Windows Phone OS, the iOS, and the Android OS are the supported platforms, where the wearable will work as a companion. With many additional features, the Microsoft Band 2.0 is expected to cost the same $199 as the first generation Band.
The new band, according to a recent report by Ars Technica has been codenamed Envoy. Reports also suggest that the next generation band will be league apart from its predecessor. A report goes on to add, â€œWith the device appearing to be a sleeker, slimmer version of the original Microsoft Band, the leaked images of the wearable show that the upcoming Band was designed with comfort in mind, having almost the same aesthetics as other fitness trackers. This is unlike the first one, which when launched last year was beset with negative reviews due to its bulky, poor designâ€.
In the meantime there are reasons to believe that the new Band will be exceptionally feature rich. The new Band will reportedly come with many more sensors. This means that sensor rich wearable will be more effective. The new sensors in the Fitness Band includes an Optical heart rate monitor, an Accelerometer/Gyrometer, GPS, a Microphone, an Ambient Light Sensor, a Galvanic Skin Response (GSR) sensors and a UV sensor among others. So things are actually looking a lot more exciting in this aspect than many of us thought.