The truly wireless Echo Buds earbuds from Amazon are excellent for their price of $ 130, to the point that they were the elephant in the room when we reviewed Apple & # 39; s new AirPods Pro. And they succeeded in that resounding performance without one of the their biggest rumors – the ability to act as a fitness tracker and to measure the calories you've burned.
But don't exclude fitness tracking yet, because CNBC and The edge both saw a new tab & # 39; Fitness & # 39; today in the Echo Buds section of the Alexa app. Below you can see some screenshots of our app:
While waiting for an Amazon spokesperson to confirm whether we should be enthusiastic about more functionality – or whether this is just a remnant of a previous test – CNBC"S Todd Haselton says he has managed to start a few workouts, where the Echo Buds seemed to follow his steps.
It is not clear how well the Echo Buds would work as a fitness tracker. They are advertised as & # 39; ready to use & # 39; with IPX4 water and sweat resistance, but many modern fitness trackers and smartwatches use heart rate monitors to improve their accuracy above what simple accelerometers can estimate. The Echo Buds do not seem to have a built-in heart rate monitor.