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Technology Amazon Echo Buds could soon track your running performance

13:15  06 november  2019
13:15  06 november  2019 Source:   techradar.com

Amazon's Echo Buds are an Alexa-powered answer to Apple's Airpods

  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 's first true wireless earbuds, the Echo Buds , could double up as a fitness tracker and help you to monitor your running performance – that's if Spotted by CNBC, the new section includes the option to track a workout, a fitness profile (which at this stage only has a space to input your height)

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Amazon's first true wireless earbuds, the Echo Buds, could double up as a fitness tracker and help you to monitor your running performance – that's if a new Fitness section in the Alexa app is anything to go by.

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Spotted by CNBC, the new section includes the option to track a workout, a fitness profile (which at this stage only has a space to input your height), and a Workouts heading. Later, The Verge also confirmed the existence of the Fitness section.

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CNBC's Todd Haselton found that he was able to track his steps after saying "Alexa, start a workout" – so far, this appears to be the only fitness functionality available, suggesting that this feature is still in its testing phase.

Amazon Pursues Apple’s AirPods With Echo Bud Wireless Headphones

  Amazon Pursues Apple’s AirPods With Echo Bud Wireless Headphones Amazon.com Inc. revealed its rival to Apple Inc.’s AirPods on Wednesday: Echo Buds headphones that work with the Alexa digital assistant. This is Amazon’s first wearable device, part of a broader effort to take Alexa beyond the home. They go on sale this holiday season for $129 and can be preordered starting Wednesday. Apple’s AirPods cost $159 or $199, depending on what type of charging case they come with, according to Apple’s website. The Echo Buds tap Bose Corp. technology for noise-cancellation, get five hours of battery life and come with a charging case like AirPods.

Amazon Echo Buds may soon be able to track your workouts. Software that you can use to manage the Echo Buds shows workout tracking as an option, but the software appears to be in an early testing phase. It currently lets you track steps and distance moved while working out, but doesn't do much

Amazon 's new Alexa Echo Buds earphones, released yesterday in the U.S., may be hiding a ' track workout' function that could be announced soon . The Echo earbuds are priced at £119 (9.99) and act as a direct competitor to other popular products like Apple's AirPods which cost £249 (9) for a

Amazon Echo Buds© Provided by Future Publishing Ltd. Amazon Echo Buds

A new running bud?

While Amazon hasn't yet commented on the appearance of these fitness features, we wouldn't be entirely surprised if the Echo Buds were able to double up as a pair of running headphones.

After all, the inclusion of biometric sensors was one of the biggest rumored features surrounding the Echo Buds before their launch in October; this is also true of the AirPods Pro, which recently launched without the built-in heart rate monitor we were hoping for.

Fitness tracking would be a useful addition to the Echo Buds, and given their IPX4 sweat resistance rating there's no reason why they couldn't be used to soundtrack your workout.

In addition to one-upping the AirPods Pro, it would also set the Buds apart from competitors like the Sony WF-1000XM3 Wireless Earbuds and the Powerbeats Pro – although with no comment yet from Amazon, whether the Echo Buds' fitness features come to fruition remains to be seen.

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Via The Verge

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