It's been over a year since Apple launched the AirPods, but it's only now that other companies are beginning to unite them when it comes to the style and shape of wireless headphones. The last ones are from Mobvoi, which is starting an Indiegogo campaign to sell TicPods Free, a pair of wireless headphones that look like a slightly thicker and more angular version of the AirPods. In addition, they come in colors other than white.
The TicPods offer the same set of features as the AirPods: they come with a charging case, pause the music when it is removed from your ears, you can touch them to control the playback, they have built-in microphones to take calls, and you can access an assistant Smart – Google Assistant, Amazon's Alexa or Apple's Siri – with a twist.
Here are some advantages over AirPod, but they are not necessarily huge. TicPod have a degree of resistance to water and sweat; they are designed to be compatible with Android (AirPods also works with Android, but some features are not available); and you can get them in blue or red, in addition to solid white. Another good feature is that your headset comes with two sizes of silicone tips, which should help them to adhere better to the ear and even form a seal.
The question that this announcement can not answer is whether they will match the real key feature of the AirPod: reliability. Apple's greatest strength has simply been that AirPods work well no matter what, while other companies have struggled to balance wireless connectivity with battery life, size and shape.
Given that great unknown, you may not want to back TicPods immediately. Some of the first sponsors in Indiegogo will be able to obtain them for $ 59, but Mobvoi intends to sell them for $ 129 retail. That's only $ 30 less than AirPods, which is not a big discount when you do not know what you get. It is assumed that the first units will send the sponsors in July. Meanwhile, Apple seems to be preparing a second generation of AirPod for this year.
Mobvoi is not the only company that works for similar AirPods either. Huawei recently announced a pair of very similar wireless headphones, but in the same way, we still do not know how they will actually work. Mobvoi also launched several Android Wear devices and Google Assistant; According to reports, Google invested in the company in 2015.