Last month, Apple announced their second generation AirPods and weeks after that, its subsidiary company Beats unveiled the Powerbeats Pro wireless earphones. Amazon is now working on a new pair of wireless earbuds which will do one-up over Apple’s AirPods by supporting voice commands for Alexa.
The rumoured Amazon earbuds will come with handsfree access to Alexa and will be a pair truly wireless earphones without cables or neckbands between the two earpieces. The news comes from a recent report by Bloomberg which states that Amazon is looking to sell a new wireless earbuds product to consumers with Alexa and an improvement in audio quality, better than the current line of tray wireless in-ear audio products.
With Alexa on-board, Amazon will gain an advantage over Google in terms of the virtual assistant offerings since Google’s Pixel Buds didn’t really win brownie points when it released last year. The Amazon earbuds will enable the use of Alexa like it has been used on a smartphone till now and will allow you to play music, add items to Amazon shopping list, check your to-do list and ask for general information like an Assistant would.
And like any wireless earbuds, the rumoured Amazon earphones will also come with a storage case which will also charge the device. Apart from handsfree controls through Alexa, the earbuds are also expected to feature gesture controls when playing music and answering calls.
Lastly, considering Amazon’s history, its earbuds will be positioned in the market in such a way that it undercuts the AirPods and we can expect the hardware to be much cheaper than its Apple counterpart.
The Amazon earbuds will likely arrive sometime in 2019 with an estimated timeframe that revolves around the early second half of the year. There’s no word on the pricing but if it offers a better sound at a more affordable price than the Apple AirPods, we don’t see any reason why it’ll not be a competitor in the truly wireless earphones range.