Nothing’s Ear and Ear (a) Earbuds Offer Quick Access to ChatGPT

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Key Takeaways

  • Nothing has introduced the Ear and Ear(a) earbuds.
  • Both offer fast access to ChatGPT.
  • They also provide improved sound quality, hi-res audio, and longer battery life.

Nothing has unveiled the Ear and Ear(a) earbuds, both of which will include fast access to ChatGPT.

As long as you have the ChatGPT app installed and in use on a Nothing handset, the new earbuds can connect to ask the generative AI assistant when you pinch and hold the stem. The feature is available today through the Ear line, and is coming by the end of the month to the brand’s phones.

The Nothing Ear replaces the Ear (2), while the Ear (a) is the successor to the Ear Stick. They both include active noise cancellation (ANC). The Ear promises clearer, more accurate overall sound than its predecessor, including high-resolution 24-bit audio through support for LDAC and LHDC. Improved battery life nets 8.5 hours from the buds themselves, and a total of 40.5 hours when including the case.

The Ear(a) lacks the Ear’s ceramic drivers and LHDC support. However, it manages a longer 9.5 hours of listening from the buds, and 42.5 hours when using the case.

Ear and Ear (a) are respectively priced at $149/£129 and $99/£99.  Pre-orders for the earbuds go live today (April 18th) for Phone (2) users, followed by Phone (1) and Phone (2a) in the weeks ahead. The prices are competitive for ANC earbuds, particularly for listeners who want a more fashion-forward design.

The move comes just a day after Logitech built a mouse with an AI prompt button, and follows Microsoft’s efforts to spur AI adoption with a dedicated Copilot key on manufacturers’ newer laptops. Nothing is clearly hoping ChatGPT will help the Ear line stand out in a crowded category where few earbuds offer more than access to standard helpers like Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri.