Amazon is finally adding a new feature to Echo Buds meant to help track your workouts. That capability was first tested on the earbuds a year ago, and Amazon says it's finally rolling it out over the next few days.
With fitness tracking, the Echo Buds can monitor how long you've worked out in a given period. It can also measure the amount of calories you burn, count the steps you take, and estimate how fast or far you walk or run.
If you want to give it a try, you can start by opening the Alexa app, going to Account Settings, tapping the Workouts section, and then setting up a workout profile. To view your stats, you can simply open the Alexa app again, go to the devices tab, and then find your stats in the Echo Buds section. You can ask Amazon's digital assistant to start tracking your activities by saying: "Alexa, start a workout." The feature also lets you use your voice to pause or end a workout.
It's worth pointing out that Amazon has a dedicated fitness service called Halo, which was unveiled in August alongside the Halo Band. While the Echo Buds may not represent the company's health-focused business, its fitness tracker could still offer an alternative for customers.