10 July 2019
Amazon, multinational technology company is reportedly working on its Alexa-powered truly wireless earbuds like the AirPods. According to Bloomberg, Amazon is working on delivering better audio quality via its new product and you’d have, of course, have instant access to Amazon’s assistant. Note that back in December 2018, well-known industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo revealed that both Google and Amazon are inspired by the success story of Apple AirPods and are working to produce such product.
The report says that Amazon’s new wireless earbuds will be available during the second half of 2019. This goes in-line with the prediction made by the analyst stating that the product will be launched closer to the second half of 2019.
Bloomberg notes that Amazon is likely to bring the Alexa-powered answer to AirPods with wired charging case cheaper than AirPods 2. The report says that earbuds would work on gesture controls, such as tapping to pick up and end calls and for switching between tracks. The report mentions nothing on the fit on these earbuds. AirPods are criticized for their improper fit and its alternatives have been serving better in this area and the Amazon earbuds may take care of it as well.
Needless to say, Alexa-powered earbuds will let people use their voice to order goods, access music, weather, and other information on the go. The Amazon earbuds will have to be paired via Bluetooth with a phone, but getting Alexa to work may mean that the iPhone users will need to have an app running similar to other Alexa-enabled phone accessories.
The report also mentions “Amazon has faced some development delays,” according to the people with knowledge of the plans.
Just like the AirPods, the Amazon earbuds will come in a storage case that doubles as a charger. Users will be able to plug it in over a standard USB cable. The people familiar with the matter have said that the company has tested headphones in black and gray colors.