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Android 11 makes it easy to check what audio codecs your Bluetooth headphones support

It's usually difficult to figure out what kinds of audio codecs your favorite Bluetooth headphones/speakers support, at least on Android. The main method involves copying logs from your phone to a PC, then running them through an application like Wireshark. Thankfully, Google has made the process significantly easier on Android 11.

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Android 11 does not shut down Bluetooth if you turn on Airplane mode while listening to audio (Updated)

Switching on the airplane mode is a quick and easy way to disengage your phone from any network. Unfortunately, it also kills Bluetooth, so if you were listening to music, you'd have to turn Bluetooth back on and reconnect to your headphones or speakers. It looks like Google wants to change this all-in airplane mode behavior in Android 11 R by automatically leaving Bluetooth on when you're listening to music.

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Samsung Galaxy Buds+ caught in hands-on video and photos ahead of launch (Updated)

If the Galaxy Buds weren't compelling enough as a pair of true wireless earbuds for you, you may want to stick around and see what Samsung's cooking up next. The rumor beat for the upcoming Galaxy Buds+ is generating some impressive anticipation already. But if you want to know exactly how the Buds will stack up with the Buds+, Evan Blass has a leak for you.

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Jaybird Vista wireless earbuds, packing USB-C and an IPX7 rating, available for $160 ($20 off)

While Jaybird was one of the first manufacturers to embrace the concept of Bluetooth earbuds, its early models were limited by tethering cables or increasingly dated designs due to slow uptake of newer features like USB Type-C in its products. However, the company addressed many of the issues levied against previous models with the launch of the Vista true wireless earbuds, which are currently available for $160 after a $20 discount from Amazon and Best Buy.

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Bluetooth LE Audio promises better sound, reduced power consumption, and multi-stream audio support

Bluetooth audio accessories market kicked into high gear as headphone jacks began disappearing, and soon got flooded with more options than ever. While the Bluetooth 5.0 standard brought significant functional improvements even to the cheapest earbuds, the Bluetooth SIG wants to make further strides with LE Audio. The upcoming wireless standard will keep power consumption in check using a new lower-power codec, while also adding multi-stream audio and native support for hearing aids.

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Pow Audio's new speakers can fold up for portability and charge your devices

Bluetooth speakers might not seem like the most exciting product category, but it turns out there's still room for a little innovation. At CES 2020, POW Audio announced two new speakers that fold up for increased portability: the Una Biz and Una Ultra.

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Sennheiser launches two new over-ear headphones with USB-C, Bluetooth 5, and 30 hours of battery life

CES has already brought us a slew of new headphones and earbuds, but it doesn't sound like the wave of audio tech is over anytime soon. Sennheiser has joined in and introduced two new pairs of Bluetooth headphones during the show, the HD 350BT and the active-noise cancelling HD 450BT.

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Harman Kardon makes headphone comeback with Fly series, including ANC over-ears and true wireless earbuds

Harman Kardon, the high-end cousin of JBL and AKG (all owned by Samsung), is launching its first new personal audio products in six years with its Fly series. Since it's 2020 now, they're all wireless/Bluetooth models spanning the three most popular form factors. There's the Fly ANC, an over-ear headphone with active noise cancellation, Fly TWS true wireless earbuds, and lastly, Fly BT earbuds with the old neck-dangling connection wire.

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Chrome OS adds experimental support for Bluetooth battery levels

Bluetooth has never been one the strong points of Chromebooks, but Google is slowly starting to make that better. The ability to view the battery levels of connected Bluetooth devices was added to Android over two years ago, and now the functionality is (nearly) available on Chrome OS.

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Get help finding your stuff with a Tile Mate (2020) for an all-time low of $20 ($5 off)

If you're the type of person who occasionally displaces keys, wallets, phones, or even pets, the Tile Mate might just be for you. The neat little Bluetooth chip can be attached or affixed to most everyday objects (including collars) that you might want to keep track of and will ring loudly to help you locate them. Right now, the 2020 version of the Tile Mate is available for the all-time low of $20 at multiple retailers, which is $5 less than the MSRP. You can also get a pack of four for $50, saving you $20.

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