Nothing just beat Apple by bringing ChatGPT to all its TWS earbuds… even the older models

London-based tech company Nothing is making waves in the tech world by expanding its integration of ChatGPT, a powerful AI language model, to a wider range of its audio devices. This move comes just a month after the feature debuted on the company’s latest earbuds, the Ear and Ear (a), and their smartphone lineup… and coincidentally, just hours before Google’s I/O event, where the company’s expected to announce an entire slew of AI features and upgrades.

The earlier-than-expected rollout signifies Nothing’s commitment to bringing advanced AI features to everyday tech. This integration isn’t limited to Nothing-branded devices; it extends to their sub-brand CMF as well. Users with older Nothing and CMF earbud models, including the Ear (1), Ear (stick), Ear (2), CMF Neckband Pro, and CMF Buds Pro, will be able to leverage the capabilities of ChatGPT starting May 21st with a simple update to the Nothing X app. It also cleverly pre-empts Apple, which is allegedly working with OpenAI to bring ChatGPT to future models of the iPhone.

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There’s a caveat, however. To enjoy the benefits of ChatGPT through your Nothing or CMF earbuds, you’ll need to be using them with a Nothing smartphone running Nothing OS 2.5.5 or later. The good news is that activating ChatGPT is a breeze. Once you’ve updated the Nothing X app, you can enable a new gesture feature that allows you to initiate conversations with the AI assistant by simply pinching the stem of your earbuds.

This development signifies a growing trend in the tech industry: embedding AI assistants directly into consumer devices. By offering voice control through earbuds, Nothing is making it easier for users to perform everyday tasks hands-free, like checking the weather or controlling music playback. Imagine asking your earbuds for directions while jogging or requesting a quick weather update during your commute – all without reaching for your phone.

The move comes at a perfect time, right between OpenAI’s GPT-4o announcement, and Google’s I/O event, which will include multiple AI improvements including integration of Gemini AI into a vast variety of Google products as well as with the Pixel hardware lineup.