Microsoft’s first Band was not the best fitness tracker, nor the best smartwatch, but it does what it does really well with its overwhelming amount of sensors and intuitive software. The second generation improve on almost everything that held the first Band from true greatness, streamlining the design while adding even more sensors, making it one of the best not-smartwatch-but-close fitness band on the market. Such a great device deserves great services, and Band 2 owners now have another excellent choice with the arrival of inKin.
For those unfamiliar, inKin is a cross-platform free social fitness service that focuses on connecting people to raise motivation for doing sports. Examples include a workout leaderboard, competitions, and personal sport duels with friends. The service already supports almost all major fitness tracking platforms on the market like Fitbit, Withings, and Garmin, and Microsoft’s is the latest addition. Owners of the original Band need not feel spurned: it is also supported. In fact, both Microsoft Bands are now included on inKit’s website, which also has a nifty device comparison feature.
Even more good news: inKin is working on its mobile apps for major mobile platforms, and this time Windows users are finally not left in the dust. The information was first discovered by a Redditor and inKin user, who received a message from the developer announcing the coming beta versions for Android and iOS, with promise of a Windows app also in the works.
The thankfully up-to-date lingo usage of the word “Windows” suggests that the app may not just be for Windows 10 Mobile, instead of the Universal Windows App variety, which should be good news for Windows users in general. The interface of the Android and iOS apps look refined and modern, and here’s hoping that the developer put the same amount of care into the Windows app, and follow Microsoft’s design guideline. We will be keeping an eye on this and update you once more information comes.Further reading: inKin, Microsoft Band, Microsoft Band 2