The wearable device that combines the functions of fitness trackers with the features of smartwatches will no longer be on sale
Microsoft could say goodbye to its wearable device, at least for the moment. According to the website Znet, Redmond would have terminated all its Band 2 and for now the American company would have no intention to replace them.
The device in fact has been withdrawn this Monday from the Microsoft website. "We have sold our Band 2 - says an internal spokesperson at the company - and we have no plans to release another device this year". Microsoft will, however, continue to provide support for the Band 2 through its Store and all other channels, and will also continue to keep the Microsoft Health platform open, according to a release from Redmond. L’azienda non ha fornito una ragione specifica per motivare la sua scelta, anche se è probabile che alla base della decisione ci sia la difficoltà per i wearable device di Microsoft competere in un mercato dominato da dispositivi dalle performance impressionanti.
Band 2, il wearable completo
Fonte foto: Microsoft
Microsoft Band 2
Microsoft ha presentato il suo primo wearable nel 2014, un dispositivo con numerosi sensori che registrano il battito cardiaco, le calorie bruciate, il numero di passi, le distanza percorsa e che monitorano la qualità del sonno. Il device ha un schermo da 1,4 pollici e permette anche l’invio di messaggi e email. Il Band 2 invece è stato lanciato nel 2015 con un design diverso e con altre nuove caratteristiche. Il dispositivo è resistente all’acqua e alla polvere, è dotato di un accelerometro, di un giroscopio e di un barometro. It also incorporates a heart rate sensor, a UV sensor and a sensor to measure sleep. The Band 2 has an AMOLED display mounted on a silicone and metal strap.
The future remains uncertain
The Band 2 is definitely an interesting wearable device. Microsoft has corrected some elements that had accompanied the first generation device. One of them being the design. The Band 1 had been defined as an unwearable wearable device, which we could forcibly translate as a device difficult to wear. However, a few concerns remained that definitely held back sales of the smartwatch. In fact, the Band 2's metal buckle scratches easily and sometimes there are problems with the sensors that record data. However, Microsoft has no intention of closing its experience in the world of wearable devices. Redmond from what we guess could in fact come back with a new, more competitive version of its Band.