As the Microsoft Band becomes more popular and available, the number of apps designed for this multi-function device continues to grow in the Windows Phone Store. The full SDK for the Band was released late last month and we don't see this growth slowing down anytime soon.
A few weeks ago we spotlighted a handful of Windows Phone apps for the Microsoft Band and with the growth spurt this genre of Windows Phone apps is experiencing, we figured another roundup featuring Band apps might be helpful for those looking for such apps.
We've plucked four Band apps from the Windows Phone Store that help you customize your Band's appearance, that may help you in your travels, that will help you find your Band and one that still has some room for growth but conceptually could let you have a little fun with your Band.
As with all of our roundups, we cannot highlight all the fantastic apps and games available in the Windows Phone Store or Windows Store. We offer up a small collection of these titles and if we've overlooked your favorite, there's nothing nefarious afoot. Feel free to toss out your app recommendation below in the comments should your favorite not be listed.
1. Find My Band
We've all done it. Left our car keys, wallet, Windows Phone or other key item lying around the house only to forget where we left them. It's only a matter of time before the Microsoft Band joins this fraternity of lost or misplaced items. Enter the Windows Phone app Find My Band.
Find My Band is a simple Windows Phone app that pairs with your Microsoft Band and when activated will feverishly vibrate your Band and flash the Heart Sensor to alert you of its location. To add to the alert, "Find Me. I'm here!!!" will flash on the display.
When you launch Find My Band it will seek out and connect with your Microsoft Band. If the connection fails, you know to move to another room of the house. When connected, just tap the center button and listen for the vibration sound of your Microsoft Band.
Find My Band is from Venetasoft, a Windows Phone developer with a host of quality apps such as Movie Maker 8.1, Turbo Camera and Band Sensor Monitor. Find My Band is a free Windows Phone app and a must have for anyone who owns a Band.
2. Sound Band
Sound Band is a neat Band app that allows you to use the sensors in the Microsoft Band to trigger sound effects through motion. The app has potential but in its current state, Sound Band is more conceptual than practical.
The interface is simply drawn up with options to connect the app to your Band and choose the sound effect you want to use. There is the option to automatically connect to your Band on start-up available.
Once connected and you choose your sound effect, as you wave your Band around the sound effect sounds off from your Windows Phone. While we think this app has great potential, there are two downsides. Sound Band currently has only one sound effect available, a whip sound, and the app doesn't run in the background.
Hopefully we will see Sound Band updated soon with more sound effects and possibly the ability to run in the background or from behind the lockscreen. For some reason I see a fart sound in this app's future.
Sound Band is currently running $.99 for the ad-free version or you can opt for a fully-functioning trial version that has ad-support.
3. Band Translate
Band Translate is another Microsoft Band app with great potential that lets you ask for translations directly from the Band.
You will need to install a Band Translate tile to your Microsoft Band then you will be able to trigger the app through Cortana by saying "Translate" then the phrase or word you need translated followed by "to" and the language you need translated.
For example, to translate the word hamburger to Italian you would tell Cortana to "Translate hamburger to Italian". Band Translate will then launch on your Windows Phone, do its thing and send the translation to your Band.
Band Translate supports over thirty languages and you must have Cortana activated on your Band for this app to work. The app could use a little polishing but the developer is definitely on the right track with this Microsoft Band app.
Band Translate is a free, ad-supported Windows Phone app.
4. Awesome Band Backgrounds
One of the many nice features with the Microsoft Band is the ability to customize the wallpaper and color themes on the Band. It helps you make the Band your own through custom wallpapers and colors that match your personality or style.
There are a host of wallpaper/customization apps in the Windows Phone Store for the Band and truth be told, fanband is my current favorite. However, there is a relatively new offering in the Store that is running a close second – Awesome Band Backgrounds.
Awesome Band Backgrounds not only offers you gobs of photos to use as a wallpaper but it will also let you customize the tile colors. The layout has a nice flow to it with tabbed main pages that cover your images and theme colors.
The image tab will display your current wallpaper along with any images you have tagged as favorite. You can browse the image library for random pictures or search the library by keyword. When you find an image to use, Awesome Band Backgrounds will offer a preview sampling with the ability to crop the image and add effects filters to the photo before sending it to your Band.
Theme color options include setting the base, highlight, secondary, lowlight, high contrast and muted colors for your Band. A preview of the colors will be illustrated at the top of the color selection page and recently used themes will be displayed at the very bottom of this page. Awesome Band Backgrounds does have support for theme linking that will let you use groupings of similar colors to set the theme quicker.
Awesome Band Backgrounds is a feature rich customization app for the Microsoft Band and a nice addition to this genre of Windows Phone apps. You will need an internet connection to search for images and you can set the app to automatically connect with your Band on start-up. It is a free, ad-free Windows Phone app.