Good news for owners of Microsoft band 2, Cortana arrives with a bunch of Siri-like speech technology and digital assistant who pair their wearable with an Android device. Now that, you’re getting one of the last big features that, till today was only exclusive to Windows Phone handsets. With that update, Microsoft has also upgraded its Health app, in turn enabling Cortana on the Band 2, allowing users to issue voice commands and many more.
Check out the latest update for Microsoft Health. The app’s newest version comes with Cortana integration for Android users. You will be able to bark voice commands on the Band’s mic without having to touch your phone and get instant notifications. The Microsoft Health’s companion app has received a new update, bumping the firmware version to 2.0.4737.0 and the app version to 2.3.20602. Alongside, the update brings couple of new features, including the ability to track heart rate zones. Basically, this feature will let the Heart Rate counter automatically alter its colors based on the level the Band 2 user reaches.
The support for Cortana, the intelligent personal assistant. Microsoft Band 2 can pair with compatible Android smartphones with ease. The Android users of the Band 2 now finally benefit from Cortana integration as well.
“Cortana is now available on Android – With Cortana on your Band, you can access your personal assistant for instant notifications of important events, communications, and voice-active info without reaching for your phone. Speak into the mic on your Band to Cortana to take actions for you, get facts, and more,” notes Microsoft.”
Since the app’s availability is limited to those Android users of the Microsoft Band 2 in the U.S. will also be able to connect and contest with their mates. They can also generate challenges for runs, cardioid score, bike rides, steps etc.
To get Cortana support on their Band 2 wearables, Android users are required to download the Cortana app for Android from the Google Play Store. Install the app and ensure the app notification services are On. make sure your Band 2 is synced with the smartphones. You will need to use the Microsoft Health app to sync the two devices. Once the Cortana app has been installed on your smartphone, switch it on in the Health app.
1. Tap on the Menu icon > Manage Tiles
2. Toggle Cortana “On”
In addition, the update also adds Cortana support to Health app’s Android client as well as fixes a repeat SMS bug on Android. Now, you are now good to go and can use Cortana to give instructions!