Microsoft has confirmed earlier reports that it will release an update for the Microsoft Band 2 this week. It will add a new Explore tile to the fitness wearable, along with features aimed at hikers.

Microsoft states:

The Explore Tile uses built-in GPS to keep track of your route on your band's display, and lets you drop points of interest along the way. It's perfect for tracking hikes, or even just a walk around the neighborhood.

Here are some of the new hiking features that will be part of the Microsoft Band 2's new Explore tile:

  • GPS Power Saver automatically allows your band to track your hike for up to 12 hours.
  • After your hike, sync your band to your mobile app to see your points of elevation and a map of your route in the Microsoft Health app and web dashboard.
  • Stay hydrated, properly fueled, and get help dodging any inclement weather with smart alerts. They'll remind you to hydrate and refuel, tell you what time the sun sets, and alert you of any inclement weather advisories based on atmospheric pressure.
  • The UV monitor you know and love is enabled while you hike. It will notify you when your UV exposure is high, so you can stay covered or apply SPF while you're out in the sun.
  • Exploring on your own? Leave your phone in your pocket and turn up the tunes – skip tracks and adjust the volume on your phone's music apps from your band's touchscreen.
  • If you want to stop for a rest or take in the view, no problem. The Auto Pause feature will automatically detect that you've stopped, so you can focus on your adventure.

The Microsoft Band 2 is currently discounted by $75 to $174.99 for a limited time

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