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Xiaomi Mi Band 4 firmware update slaps on auto screen off feature

A software update for the Xioami Mi Band 4 has just started making its rounds. It brings with it an auto screen-off feature that helps preserve battery life along with some other minor changes.

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The news comes from users in Turkey. They’ve reported a firmware version that’s been bumped up to for both NFC and non-NFC iterations, which means those in other countries are likely to receive the update in the coming days.

The main change is the ability to enable the screen time out feature. By default, this sets to 5 seconds but the delay can be tweaked to anywhere up to 10 seconds for those who would like a bit more time to read the display.

The primary purpose of the auto-screen off feature is to preserve battery life. The Xiaomi Mi Band is one of the best performers in this area with stonking 20 day battery life thanks to its 135 mAh lithium ion battery. Enabling this feature should ensure you get this much running time between charges.

Another change is improved swim tracking. The wearable is rated 5 ATM for water-resistance and has the ability to recognize different types of strokes. It will even spit out your SWOLF score.

The final software update is to do with watch faces. You get more of them now, some of which feature Anima and game characters.

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To check if the upgrade has arrived in your country head over to the Mi Fit app on your smartphone and pair your Mi Band 4. You’ll get a message if the software is available for download.

To remind, the popular budget fitness tracker was released in June. It comes with everything from the predecessor generations including a new full colour AMOLED display. The screen is also larger now measuring 0.95-inches versus the 0.78-inches of its predecessor.

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Marko Maslakovic

Marko founded Gadgets & Wearables in 2014, having worked for more than 15 years in the City of London’s financial district. Since then, he has led the company’s charge to become a leading information source on health and fitness gadgets and wearables.

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