Amazon has discontinued its Halo line of health and fitness products.
Amazon launched the health-tracking wristband in 2020. This was its first venture into wearables and deeper foray into the healthcare space.
Andy Jassy, the CEO of Jassy Corporation, has been trying to cut costs. He announced layoffs and a hiring freeze for his company, as well as ending some experimental projects.
The company will no longer be selling its Halo fitness tracker.
Amazon announced the health-tracking wristband in 2020. This was its first move into wearable technology and deeper into the healthcare space. In combination with an application, Halo can track users' activities, body fat, and emotional states. It's also integrated with Amazon Alexa. Amazon's Alexa digital assistant was launched in the last year.
The Halo Rise is a sleep tracker that can be placed on your bedside.
Amazon will cease to support Halo devices on July 31. The company has said that users can delete their Halo data from the app and any remaining data after August 1.
The company stated: "At Amazon we invest in new ideas, like Amazon Halo, in our effort to delight our customers." While we are proud what we have built, we made the difficult decision recently to stop supporting Amazon Halo as of July 31, 2023.
The company will refund all purchases made within the past year for Halo View and Halo Band. The company will also refund any Halo subscription fees that have not been used.
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Amazon is currently undergoing the biggest layoffs of its 29-year existence. Recently, the company completed a round that affected 18,000 employees. Some of them were from its devices and service unit. Jassy announced last month that the company will lay off an extra 9,000 employees, the majority of whom are in the cloud computing, advertising and human resources units, as well as Twitch Livestreaming.
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