Nothing could make a smart speaker

Nothing’s newest audio product, the Ear (Stick)

Nothing’s newest audio product, the Ear (Stick)

Nothing, the company behind the Nothing Phone (1), has something up its sleeve. According to the latest leaks circulating around the web, a Nothing speaker is coming in the pipeline.

91Mobiles released what appears to be an ad render about tipster Kuba Wojciechowski, who had previously been noticed with gadget leaks. The Nothing speaker seems as boxy as its Android smartphone sibling. It also has buttons for volume and power control, and a “red accented” button on the side – I wouldn’t be surprised if that was an action button to activate a digital assistant for smart home commands. Or maybe it’s a quick mute button.

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The render also shows speaker cutouts on the front panel. 91Mobiles says they are replacements for tweeters and subwoofers. It’s not dissimilar to other smart speakers on the market like the Apple HomePod, although Nothing’s version looks more like an amp than a speaker. There also appears to be a scrolling LED window, which could be a fun aesthetic complement to the rumored Nothing speaker. Since there are no technical data, we can only make assumptions.

Nothing certainly teased something on his Twitter feed this week. The first tweet shows what appears to be a quality assurance worker testing a device’s circuitry — if you look at the monitor in the background, you’ll see an X-ray beam moving across the screen. I think I see components.

The next two tweets activated my extreme dislike for insect bodies. The first tweet features a beetle — my colleague Andrew Liszewski believes it’s a three-horned rhinoceros beetle — accompanied by a cryptic emoji message (your browser may not be able to display it): “🐞 out, 🪲 in.” The second is a 10 second clip of the same rhino beetle crawling around. Rough!

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It’s likely those tweets aren’t even talking about that leaked speaker. Carl Pei, founder of Nothing and former co-founder of OnePlus, said in an interview with CNBC last year that the company plans to take on Apple with its smartphone launch. Maybe a super cool speaker that integrates with the super cool smartphone is part of that plan. We won’t know anything until there’s an official announcement.

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