The Amazfit Verge smartwatch is getting a whole lot smarter thanks to the arrival of Amazon’s Alexa smart assistant.
With Alexa now built-in, Verge owners can hear flash briefings, weather forecasts, sports updates, calendar reminders and more through the onboard speaker.
The full rundown of what the Verge can do with Alexa is listed below:
- Flash Briefing – Set up and add favorite topics to personalize your daily news and content
- Sports Update – Set up favorite sports leagues (NBA/NFL) and ask the watch for the latest scores
- Calendar – Link with Google, Microsoft, Apple, Exchange calendars. Users can ask Alexa on their Verge smartwatch what’s on their calendar for the day
- Alarm – Set a reminder or wake-up alarm
- To-do list – Manage your schedule and to-do list
- Q&A – Get answers to common questions throughout the day
- Translation – Get translation help in more than 50 languages, including Chinese, English, Spanish, Japanese and more
The iOS and Android-friendly smartwatch, which runs on a custom OS joins a very small group of watches that offer official support for Alexa on the wrist. The likes of the Apple Watch and Samsung’s Galaxy Watch make use of their own smart assistants of course, although you can unofficially use Alexa on an Apple Watch through a third party app.
The Verge does already include its own built-in voice assistant, but the addition of Alexa will no doubt be music to the ears of anyone that’s already making good use of the smart assistant.
In addition to the arrival of Alexa, Amazfit Verge maker Huami has also announced that it’s improving the smartwatch experience for iPhone owners too by adding the ability to make and receive calls on the watch.
When you factor in that this $160 smartwatch already packs in features like GPS, a 1.3-inch AMOLED 360×360 screen, a heart rate monitor and NFC for contactless payments, the addition of Alexa (arguably the best smart assistant in the business) is a big coup for Amazfit.
We’ll be putting the new features to the test along with everything else the Verge is capable of in the near future, so keep a look out for our full review.