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  1. Support Android app on Amazon Fire or Blackberry 10

    Currently MS Band does not work with Amazon Fire phone or Blackberry 10 running the Android app. This is a bluetooth communication problem that shouldn't be too difficult to fix. Most other fitness devices support these platforms...an alternative would be to at least make the desktop app have the same functionality as the mobile app.

    37 votes
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      2 comments  ·  Mobile Apps  ·  Admin →
    • Improve integration between phone and Band alarms

      Currently alarms created on phone do not vibrate Band if Band is in sleep mode. Only the single alarm created on Band will interrupt sleep mode. I'd like my phone alarms to come through to Band even if sleep mode is on.
      Band only allows one alarm, and that alarm does not automatically reset. Better integration of Band with phone alarms could resolve this, since phone supports multiple alarms that automatically reset.
      For phone alarms (at least Windows Phone), maybe ability to choose to vibrate the Band instead of playing a sound.

      292 votes
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      • 51 votes
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        • Display approximate position on minimap/pseudo compass

          On a bike ride or run, I may get lost in an unfamiliar location. It could help if I can quickly take a peek at my band to see which way to go home or a familiar location. It's acceptable if it only updates when I move (since it doesn't have a compass).

          2 votes
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            1 comment  ·  Run and Bike  ·  Admin →
          • 5 votes
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            • Gps for surface 3

              Not really a health idea but it would be nice to use the Band as a GPS receiver for the Surface pro 3 which is lacking

              8 votes
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              • Add NFC for payments and phone control

                It would be nice to be able to pay with NFC embedded in the band. The Starbucks bar code is fun, but the scanning is kind of hit or miss. NFC would improve that. NFC on the band could also be used to trigger actions on the phone, for example coming home we could hold the band next to an NFC tag on the door post to toggle wifi and sound profile on the phone. I'm sure there are many other uses.

                143 votes
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                  9 comments  ·  Hardware  ·  Admin →
                • Onenote tile

                  With band, it will be convenient to pull Onenote on band, provide option to choose the book or section. Helpful for grocery list or some other note for quick reference.
                  (added to Android wear recently!)

                  23 votes
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                  • Guided Workout Request: Rollerskating

                    I roller skate and I know a bunch of people that do and I you have a highly accurate accelerometer and distance measuring more will be interested

                    22 votes
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                    • Support emoticons & emoji on Microsoft Band

                      Support emoji on the microsoft band!
                      A lot of notifications contain emojis, currently, they are displayed as a rectangle. It would be nice if it would show the emoji instead!

                      44 votes
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                      • Toggle Watch Mode by Action button

                        Turn the Watch Mode on or off by pressing the Action button when the screen is off.

                        13 votes
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                        • Add ambient air temperature sensor

                          Having an ambient temp sensor to complement the skin temp would provide both casual information, and differential information to help monitor heat stress situations.

                          22 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  Hardware  ·  Admin →
                          • Add photos as wallpaper

                            We should be able to add photos which are on the phone as Wallpaper.
                            Third party apps have this feature, but it should be available on the Microsoft Health app itself.

                            13 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Mobile Apps  ·  Admin →
                            • Allow configuration of run splits (not just 1 mile) & notifications (time or distance based)

                              Please add ability for users to customize the running notifications. At present it alerts at each mile. Possibilities include: 1/4 mile or 1/2 mile or a set time of x minutes.

                              121 votes
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                              • Enable double-tap to wake

                                It would be nice if we could activate the device by double tapping the touch screen like we can on Lumia phones.

                                122 votes
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                                • Measure blood oxygen levels using current Band hardware

                                  I believe that the band could be capable of measuring blood oxygen levels with the existing hardware. I would love to see a firmware and software update to make this possible. The Withings Pulse has been updated in this way.

                                  103 votes
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                                  • Interactive charts

                                    When I keep the mouse pointer over any point in the chart I should be able to see the steps or heart rate at that specific time.

                                    12 votes
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                                    • Integrate with Xbox Fitness

                                      Xbox fitness on the Xbox One is amazing. I do insanity all the time on there. I also track my workout using my band. Why not integrate the two and bring both sets of data together? The Kinect had a heart rate monitor but lets be real, it doesn't work. Kinect monitors your precise movements and the band monitors your heart. It's a match made in heaven!

                                      115 votes
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                                      • Fix step counting while driving a car

                                        The MS Band is counting steps while I'm driving. That would be great if it could detect that I'm driving (or at least not walking).

                                        93 votes
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                                        • Run Screen: Display current distance in main screen.

                                          In run mode, please display the current distance in the main screen. Now I must swipe to see the distance I have run. And swiping does not work with sweaty fingers. I do out and back runs on new routes and need to know when to turn back.

                                          3 votes
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