Amazon reportedly creating AirPod-like earbuds with Alexa integration
Apple's AirPods were met with a lot of criticism when they first debuted back in 2016, but since then, they've become a cultural phenomenon and something a lot of companies have tried to replicate to some degree. Now, according to a report from Bloomberg, Amazon is looking to throw its hat in the ring.
The report reads:
Similar to Alexa on the Echo products and other smart speakers, you'll summon the assistant by sayin "Alexa" and then whatever your command/question is.
You can get the weather, stream music, order products from Amazon, etc. Like AirPods and other wireless buds, you'll need to have Amazon's earbuds paired to an Android phone or iPhone with a data connection in order for Alexa to work.
It's also reported that Amazon's earbuds will be available in black and gray colors, come with an included charging case, and could launch as soon as the second half of this year. It's worth noting that Amazon typically holds a big event in the fall to announce its new hardware products, so it's possible this is when we'll see the earbuds.
There's no word on how much Amazon will charge for the new gadget, but we can probably expect something around $100 to $150.
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