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We have some good news for the owners of Android smartphones and Microsoft Band 2 smartwatches. It seems that Microsoft has finally released a new update for the Microsoft Health app, which brings support for Cortana, the intelligent personal assistant.

We remind you that Microsoft Band 2 was able to connect with any Android smartphone in the past without any problems, but Cortana support was available ONLY for devices that were running on Windows Phone OS. Well, thanks to the new update that has been released for the Microsoft Band 2 on June 2, 2016, the Android users can finally benefit from Cortana integration as well via this wearable device.

The new update for Microsoft Band will also allow Android users to send out commands to Cortana via the smarthphone’s microphone, which means that you will not need to physically touch the handset.

As we’ve told you above, the Health app has also received an update which comes with the zoned heart rate tracking feature. This feature will allow the Heart Rate counter to automatically alter its colors based on BPM that you have.

The Microsoft Band 2 owners will also be able to connect and run contests with their friends. In addition, they will also be able to create challenges for cardio score, jogging, steps, bike rides and more between their Facebook friends and themselves.

In order to use the new Cortana support on your Microsoft Band 2, you will need to download the Cortana app on your Android device via the Google Play Store. You will also need to make sure that the app notification services are on.

First of all, you will need to make sure that the Microsoft Band 2 is synced with your Android smartphone. In order to sync these two devices, you will need to start the Microsoft Health app on your Android smartphone. After installing the Cortana app on your smartphone, you will need to switch it on in the Health app, by heading to your device’s Menu icon->Manage Tiles and toggling Cortana “ON”.

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