Amazon could unveil fitness-tracking earbuds and a larger Echo speaker this week
Amazon has a hardware event lined up for Wednesday, and if last year’s showcase was any indication, we might see multiple new devices from the company. CNBC has just published a report saying that Amazon is working on wireless earbuds with health-tracking features and “a new, bulkier Echo device that comes with a woofer and better speakers than the original version.” The earbuds are expected to cost under $100, putting them at an advantageous price compared to Apple’s AirPods and other true wireless earbuds like the Samsung Galaxy Buds, Jaybird Vistas, and the upcoming Jabra Elite 75ts.
Amazon ’ s truly wireless Echo Buds headphones were rumored to be able to track steps and calories, and a new menu in their settings page suggests that feature may have indeed been in the works and could possibly still be It’s not clear how well the Echo Buds would work as a fitness tracking device.
Key Points. Amazon Echo Buds may soon be able to track your workouts. Software that you can use to manage the Echo Buds shows workout tracking The feature , which CNBC discovered on a test unit of Echo Buds paired with Amazon ' s Alexa app, appears to be in a testing phase, and there's no
Amazon’s truly wireless Echo Buds earbuds, to the point that they were the elephant in the room . And they managed that resounding feat without one of — the ability to double as a fitness tracker and measure the calories you’ve burned.
But don’t rule out fitness tracking just yet,and The Verge both spotted a new “Fitness” tab in the Echo Buds section of the Alexa app today. You can see a few screenshots from our app below:
While we’re waiting on an Amazon spokeperson to confirm whether we should actually be excited for more functionality — or if this just a vestigial component of an earlier test — CNBC’s Todd Haselton says he managed to successfully start a few workouts, ones where the Echo Buds appeared to be tracking his steps.
Amazon's Echo Buds are an Alexa-powered answer to Apple's Airpods
Apple has proven that combining true wireless earbuds with always on access to a virtual assistant can be a reliable recipe for success. Its Airpods continue to be the best selling option, even as the true wireless scene really starts to take off. So, it's no surprise then that Amazon is looking to cash in. Its Echo Buds don't look terribly different from the competition. But they do allow you to talk to Alexa without touching a button -- basically it's an Echo you shove in your ears. One thing the Echo Buds definitely have over their Apple competitors though, is noise cancellation.
Amazon launched its headphones in October but has not yet talked about any sort of ability to track health or fitness . The feature , which CNBC discovered on a test unit of Echo Buds paired with Amazon ’ s Alexa app, appears to be in a testing phase, and there’s no guarantee that Amazon will
Amazon is building wireless earbuds that offer Alexa voice assistant access, and fitness tracking for use during activities, according to a new report from CNBC . These earbuds, combined with a new, larger Echo designed to provide more premium sound, could feature into Amazon ’ s hardware event
It’s not clear how well the Echo Buds would work as a fitness tracking device. They’re advertised as “exercise ready” with IPX4 water and sweat resistance, but many modern fitness trackers and smartwatches use heart rate monitors to improve their accuracy beyond what simple accelerometers can estimate. The Echo Buds don’t appear to have a heart rate monitor built in.
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The Verge Guide to Amazon Alexa .
Let your personal assistant help outThe types of devices that use Alexa are multiplying as well. What started with the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot smart speakers has now expanded into a wide range of helpful speakers, clocks, displays, and other tech. Many are being sold as part of Amazon’s own Echo line, which most recently includes the Echo Buds, Echo Flex, and even a pair of smart glasses called the Echo Frames. Amazon also has incorporated Alexa into its Fire Stick (that lets you control your TV) and Fire line of tablets.