There are some immutable truths, even in these uncertain times. The sun will rise in the east, the tides go in and out, Coke is better than Pepsi, and Samsung can't go more than a few months without releasing new earbuds. The Buds Pro debuted earlier this year, and now there's a new entry in Samsung's true wireless lineup. The oft-leaked Galaxy Buds2 are official with a $149.99 price tag, which is $50 less than the Buds Pro (when they're not on sale). They have most of the same features, too.
Over the last decade, hearing aids have become so much more than just necessary medical devices that help the hard-of-hearing navigate the world of sound. In addition to these crucial and often life-changing capabilities, hearing aids can also act as the perfect Bluetooth in-ear buds for calls and music nowadays, 100% adjusted to fit your ears and your hearing loss.
While many manufacturers already support Bluetooth streaming on Android, one of the most innovative hearing aid companies is now jumping on board with an initially small selection of Android phones — Whisper.
There are a lot of wireless earbuds you can purchase online, but if you want a quality listening experience without breaking the bank, you'll have to dig deep. Matter of fact, there's a drought of quality buds out there — between audio cuts, short battery lifespan, and awful durability, it's tough to separate the quality buds from the ones that belong in the trash. Luckily, the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ are both affordable and reliable (enough that they received our Most Wanted accolade), and today you can grab them for just $80 on Amazon — that's nearly 50% off their $150 sticker price.
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Whether you're in a white boy summer or hot girl summer mindset, having a good quality Bluetooth speaker is a must. Sonos, as one of the biggest names in premium audio, has thrown its hat into the portable speaker ring with the Sonos Roam. This compact Bluetooth speaker brings all the great aspects of a Sonos audio system to a portable and fantastic-sounding form factor. It's close to being the ideal portable speaker, but a couple of shortcomings keep it from true greatness.
Sony is struggling to make appealing smartphones in a world dominated by Samsung and Apple, but it's ahead of the curve in other areas. Case in point: the company has just unveiled the thoroughly leaked WF-1000XM4 true wireless earbuds. Their predecessors were among the best earbuds money could buy, and Sony says the XM4s are even better. Get ready to spend big, though. These earbuds will run you $279.99 when they go on sale later today.
Folks on the Apple side of the fence can pick up the AirPods if they want a tightly integrated audio experience, but the closest we've got on Android is Samsung's Galaxy Buds lineup. If you have a Samsung phone, these true wireless earbuds work like a dream, and they're still pretty good on non-Samsung phones with the Galaxy Wearables app. Samsung even offers bonus cash when buying a new phone to make accessories like earbuds cheaper... if you can decide which ones to buy. Samsung has launched new Galaxy Buds at every opportunity in the last few years, and they're all still on sale.
It's no secret that Chromebooks have had a rough history with Bluetooth. From middling stability to audio cut-outs, using wireless devices on Chrome OS has long been subpar. Fast forward to today, and the Bluetooth situation has improved — albeit still with some minor hiccups. One of the most annoying issues with Bluetooth is its tedious pairing process, which Google took it upon itself to fix with Fast Pair in 2017. While that brought seamless pairing to Android devices, support for Chromebooks is nonexistent. After a long hiatus, it seems Google will finally add the long-overdue Fast Pair to Chrome OS.
Android 12 news is coming fast and furious at the moment, but one of the smallest changes introduced in Beta 1 might make life a little easier for fans of Bluetooth headphones. The beta introduced support for Bluetooth LE Audio, a low-energy, high-efficiency mode for headphones and other audio devices. The API support is live now: if your headphones support LE Audio, they should use it automatically when connecting.
Last year, Google rolled out a permissions exemption for contact-tracing apps that allowed them to scan for Bluetooth devices (you know, to keep track of people you may have been too close to during peak Covid) without needing to call the full location permission to do that, as they had to before. Now that change is rolling out even more widely. Android 12 Beta 1 has a new permission just for Bluetooth scanning.