Fast Tips Friday: Wireless Alexa Earbuds Are Coming

Post Published 4/5/19 – The interwebs are all abuzz this week with the news that Amazon’s Lab126 is preparing to roll out the first wearable technology with Alexa built in: wireless Alexa earbuds.

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Bloomberg reports:

The Seattle-based e-commerce giant is readying earbuds with built-in Alexa access for as early as the second half of this year, according to people with knowledge of the plans. The headphones will look and act similar to AirPods, but people working on the product inside Amazon are striving for better audio quality, the people said. Like the AirPods, the Amazon earbuds are designed to sit inside users’ ears without clips around the ear.

The 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 company has tested the headphones in black and gray colors, the people also said.

Pricing and Release Date

Over on Tom’s Guide there’s speculation that two versions of the case will be offered, one that doubles as a charger and one that does not, and that the non-charging case will be priced lower.

None of the reports this week have included a firm price for the new product, but all seem to agree it will almost certainly be priced significantly lower than Apple’s Airpods, which start at $159 as of this writing.

There’s also no official release date from Amazon, just vague talk of “the second half of the year”. In past years Amazon has usually released new hardware in the September – November timeframe to take advantage of the upcoming holiday season, and that seems a safe bet for the new earbuds.