1. poit57's Avatar
    The Microsoft blog announced this morning that they are adding activity reminders, music controls, and the ability to categorize workouts in the exercise tile. Paul Thurrott's write-up says he hasn't seen the update yet, and I haven't either. Any guesses as to when this update will be available?
    12-10-2015 10:15 AM
  2. Zulfigar's Avatar
    Hello! Welcome to Windows Central! We have a wide variety of different types of news articles, just a search away, as well as a friendly community! :D

    Today, you're asking about the new features to the Band 2. Here to announce that the new features will be in the next major update, as mentioned on the main page. However, there wasn't a date mentioned as to when it'll be released, sadly.

    Hope that answered your question, and again, everything you need to know is just a search away. ;)
    12-10-2015 10:21 AM
  3. anon(8555314)'s Avatar
    In the past they sometimes just pushed Band updates without any prior notice, and other times they gave notice a week or two in advance.

    This certainly sounds like a very nice update. Band users have been clamoring for this since early in gen 1.

    Thanks, Microsoft Band Team!
    12-10-2015 10:46 AM
  4. Lennart Petersson's Avatar
    This is really great news and will make the Band stand stronger against the competition. Thumbs up and hoping on get this update soon.
    12-10-2015 10:47 AM
  5. poit57's Avatar
    I'm not new here, but thanks for the welcome. Somehow I overlooked the Windows Central write-up when scanning the front page, which I thought was strange since they usually seem to have the most detailed write-ups regarding Microsoft news. That was my mistake, and I wouldn't have started this thread if I'd seen that first.

    Anyway, the reason I asked about a speculative release date is that the Windows blog post doesn't say, but all the other articles I read were written as if the update was already available or with a sense of surprise/disappointment that there wasn't an update available when the writer checked this morning. Windows Central's article is the only one I've read that describes the update as being available "soon," which could indicate anything from today to a couple weeks from now.
    12-10-2015 10:54 AM
  6. reapershouse's Avatar
    Just made a feed, didn't see yours, but i just finished installing the new build
    12-10-2015 12:23 PM
  7. anon(8555314)'s Avatar
    It is real and spectacular!
    12-10-2015 01:46 PM
  8. EMitchell's Avatar
    Downloaded and installed this morning.
    12-10-2015 01:52 PM
  9. bksalt's Avatar
    I have it on and working thanks Microsoft
    12-10-2015 02:05 PM
  10. Blake Seaman's Avatar
    Anyone else with Windows 10 Technical preview having issues? I'm on a 930 and cortana never worked anyway, and for music control I just get a perpetual connecting status...
    12-10-2015 02:09 PM
  11. poit57's Avatar
    I'm on the preview with my 640 XL. The Band's music controls said that it was connected, but I had to open the Groove app on my phone and resume the last song that had played before the Band populated the current song title and artist and gave me any control over the music.
    12-10-2015 02:25 PM
  12. anon(8555314)'s Avatar
    Anyone else with Windows 10 Technical preview having issues? I'm on a 930 and cortana never worked anyway, and for music control I just get a perpetual connecting status...
    Not on technical preview. I had the new music control working with wireless headphones. Then I tried it with wired headphones, and I had the symptoms you describe. I checked my bluetooth settings, and I was connected to my wireless bluetooth speakers. I disconnected the not-in-use bluetooth speakers, and then it worked again over the wired headphones.
    12-10-2015 02:35 PM
  13. zei20t's Avatar
    I'm getting the problem with music controls not working when my Bluetooth headphones are connected.

    I'm on Win 10 586.0 on a 950XL. Waiting for the .29 update in the hopes it fixes the BT problem above
    12-10-2015 04:46 PM
  14. Hubert Michaud's Avatar
    I got no song displayed on the screen. Only saying connected. Thats it.

    Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
    12-10-2015 05:47 PM
  15. anon(8555314)'s Avatar
    I had it working. Now it only works with a wired device, not with bluetooth.
    12-10-2015 06:16 PM
  16. anon(8555314)'s Avatar
    Be sure to use the "report a problem" section at the bottom of the hamburger menu in the Health app to let MS know if you are having an issue.
    zei20t and Captain_Eric like this.
    12-10-2015 06:23 PM
  17. zei20t's Avatar
    Be sure to use the "report a problem" section at the bottom of the hamburger menu in the Health app to let MS know if you are having an issue.
    yup, this is good advice! did this as soon as the problem happened.
    12-10-2015 07:21 PM
  18. driedl's Avatar
    The update works perfectly on Android. Activity reminder was the feature I most wanted to see on the Band 2 and I'm very pleased Microsoft added it now. The music control function is well thought out and works with multiple apps including Amazon music. Kudos to Microsoft.
    12-10-2015 08:09 PM
  19. anon(8555314)'s Avatar
    More info in this Reddit thread.

    I verified that if I turn off all bluetooth devices, start playing music from Spotify, invoke the Band music control [not sure if this step is critical], THEN start music, Band music control works. If I have music off, connect the bluetooth device, and then start playing music, it appears that this feature doesn't work.
    12-10-2015 08:14 PM
  20. EMitchell's Avatar
    Just starting to play with this, so far it's running fine. Just tried rudimentary controls like skipping ahead on songs, swiping for vol up / down, etc. Using L950, BT connection, Groove app.
    12-11-2015 10:00 AM

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