Microsoft Band

Microsoft has now released the full version of their SDK tools for the Microsoft Band, allowing Windows, Windows Phone, iOS, and Android app developers to start making full-featured third-party apps for the fitness wearable.

Microsoft released a preview of the SDK tools in February, but it only supported access to a limited number of the Microsoft Band's hardware and features, such as sensors, a way to make custom backgrounds and others. The full version adds these features.

  • Build apps that support Windows.
  • Create your own custom layouts for pages on third-party tiles using icons, text, buttons, and barcodes for payment options.
  • Receive events and button-click callbacks from the Microsoft Band to your phone app. If you press a button on a page inside your tile, your app would know which button was pressed.
  • Connect to the Band from background tasks.
  • Tap into calorie subscription from the Microsoft Band.

The SDK also includes sample code so that developers have some working examples of how to make apps for the Microsoft Band.

Source: Microsoft,