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Xiaomi Mi Watch update adds Body Battery & all day stress tracking

Xiaomi is releasing the second firmware update for Mi Watch starting tomorrow. This slaps on the Body Battery function, all day stress tracking and more.

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The company’s general manager Qu Heng, posted on Weibo yesterday news on the over-the-air refresh. It will start to land tomorrow, January 17th, and should reach all users by January 22nd.

The official memo from the company reveals the update will enable the Body Battery function. This is a Firstbeat feature that uses a combination of stress, heart rate variability (HRV), sleep and activity data to give you an indication of your body’s energy levels.

Apart that, the refresh will let users monitor their stress 24/7 and there are breathing exercises to help you chill. According to the log, the final change is to do with notifications. When a message is received, the screen will automatically spring to life showing the message content.

This certainly sounds like a useful update. It follows a refresh that landed in early December. That one brought several improvements to pairing, notifications, and saw the release of the iOS version of the Xiaomi Wearable App.

Mi Watch is still only available in China for now. Xiaomi has not revealed when it will release the device internationally but a recent Bluetooth certification suggests this may not be too far off.

An Apple Watch lookalike, the device runs on a customized version of Wear OS. It has support for eSIM cards, 4G LTE, NFC for payments on the go, GPS, a voice assistant and plethora of fitness sensors. Everything is powered by the Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 3100 with 1 GB RAM and 8GB storage.

The company has recently unveiled the successor to Mi Watch. Dubbed Mi Watch Color, this one looks nothing like the Apple Watch and is circular in shape. The cheerful looking, timepiece looks to be targeted towards younger buyers and fashionistas rather than hard-core fitness geeks. Most of the smarts from Mi Watch are there, apart from eSIM support.

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