Microsoft Band Gets An Update – But It's For Another App's Notifications

microsoft-bandIf you’re one of the lucky ones to have a sold-out Microsoft Band on your wrist when you get to your computer or tablet and open up the Band syncing software you may think you’re in for a treat – an update is waiting for you!

I happily ran through the update procedure without any issue, just follow the onscreen prompt to connect your Band and it’s really as simple as that.

I couldn’t detect any changes to the Band, and the Build: 1.1.1933.0 09 R was the same as before, so I contacted Microsoft Band support to ask was was updated.

It turns out that the update was not to the Band per se, but rather was related to an app that accesses the Notification Center and sends a notification to the Band.

When an app on your phone wants to send notifications to the Band, it has to be modified to do so, as well as the software on the Band has to be modified to accept it.

The Service people tried to find out what app was involved, but apparently it’s only possible to do so indirectly. If you’re interested in finding out, on your Windows Phone, open up the Store and then tap the three dots on the bottom right corner, select “Downloads”, then swipe right to “History”.  There you should see a list of the apps that have been downloaded or updated recently.

In this case, one or more of these apps have been updated to send Notifications directly to the Band.  In order to receive the Notifications, the Band has to update its list of acceptable incoming notifications.  So that’s what the ‘Update’ on your Band was about. And with the popularity of the Band, I expect we will be seeing more of these “Updates” in the future.

When Microsoft does update the Band firmware, we’ll be sure to let you know!

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