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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 could unveil fitness-tracking earbuds and a larger Echo speaker this week

  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 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)

The Amazon Echo Buds have a hidden fitness feature capable of tracking your physical activity. The Echo Buds ' fitness features would be a welcome addition — especially for a pair of earbuds that are already a great value, according to our Echo Buds review.

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.

a close up of a blue background: echo buds© Provided by Future Publishing Ltd. echo buds

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.

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  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.

As previously suspected, Amazon appears to be in an early testing phase of a new feature that’d let customers track workouts with their Echo Buds earbuds, which unveiled in September. Under the Workouts heading, it suggested I could start tracking a workout by speaking ‘Alexa, start a workout.’

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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

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.

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