Amazfit Verge gets Alexa functionality and iOS calling
Amazfit Verge is getting some new functionality as of today. Huami announced that Alexa support is now available on the smartwatch along with iOS calling.
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The device was launched last year. In our review we found it has most of the same features as Amazfit Stratos, but is more suitable for both sexes, cheaper, it has a better screen and a heart rate monitor capable of identifying health issues. The watch is lacking some of the performance stats you’ll find on Stratos, though, and feels a bit less premium.
The newly acquired Alexa capabilities allow users to access Amazon’s voice-controlled service. They be able to use this to access weather forecasts, sports updates, calendar reminders and more, all from their wrist.
“Amazon Alexa has become such a natural part of our daily routines in the home and we want to give customers the ability to take it with them – with Alexa on the Amazfit verge, users can ask Alexa to set a timer, remind us to pick up avocados at the grocery store and more,” said Elaine Huo, Marketing Director, Huami.
Huami also announced that iOS users can now make and receive phone calls on the Verge thanks to the built-in mic and speaker. This is something that cannot be done on Stratos.
While there are a lot of sports watches, one usually has to pay upwards of $250 for one with GPS and offline music support. Verge is a solid option for those looking for all this and more in an affordable package.
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