Amazon reportedly working on Alexa earbuds to take on Apple’s AirPods

Amazon is working on a pair of headphones with built-in Alexa support that would be designed to compete with other truly wireless handsets, including Apple's AirPods, according to a new report from Bloomberg .

Like Samsung's AirPods or Galaxy Buds, it's said that Amazon headphones are truly wireless headphones that will not need clips or cables to stay in people's ears, but the big difference between competitors and the Amazon offer is the support for the company Alexa. Digital assistant It is also said that Amazon focuses on audio quality as an important differentiator compared to the competition.

Users will be able to use Alexa for basically anything they can use on their phones, such as playing music, shopping on Amazon, adding things to to-do lists, or checking general information. And just like Amazon's Echo speakers, you can access the digital assistant by simply saying "Alexa," similar to the "Hey, Siri" feature introduced in Apple's second-generation AirPods.

However, there is a problem: Amazon headsets will not offer built-in LTE, which means you'll still have to tie the headphones to a smartphone to really access Alexa, which means that Amazon will have to work with Google ( and especially Apple, which historically has been resistant to this type of third-party accessory, just ask Pebble) for that integration to work.

As for the rest of Amazon's hearing aids, they are apparently quite standard for wireless hearing aids: they will offer a storage case that will also recharge outbreaks between uses, and have gesture controls to answer calls or control music.

The most important questions are, of course, the price and the release date. Bloomberg says that Amazon could release the hearing aids in the second half of 2019, although it is not yet known how much it will cost. But if Amazon can offer better sound at a comparable price, as Bloomberg suggests that the company is trying, it could become a true competitor to the advantage of Apple's wireless headphones.

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