The Bluetooth SIG is working on allowing wearable devices to be pinged in Exposure Notification Systems for the novel coronavirus, calling a smartphone-only approach to infection tracing "not a practical approach" for everyone. It will be a long time, though, before wearables become a viable detection vector.
The first-generation Galaxy Buds were released last year to great acclaim for their well-rounded sound quality, above-average battery life, and comfortable design. Even though they aren't the new kids on the block anymore, they're still a solid option that's hard to resist now that they're so cheap.
OnePlus has dipped its toe into the Bluetooth audio waters several times, but it stubbornly avoided true wireless even as the rest of the industry dropped wires. Now, OnePlus is getting with the times. The true wireless OnePlus Buds are now available in the US, priced at $79.
The unpronounceable Sony WH-1000XM3 active-noise canceling headphones may be getting a little long in the tooth with a successor landing soon, but that doesn't make one of the best Bluetooth headphones any worse — they're still a great choice. If you've been eyeing these to escape the noise surrounding you while you work from home, today might be your chance to grab them for cheap. They're available as Woot's deal of the day for just $220, which is the lowest we've ever seen (ignoring refurbs, that is).
Bang & Olufsen today unveiled its latest pair of truly wireless earbuds, the Beoplay E8 Sport. While it's not the company's first venture into the sports market, it hopes to carry over the signature sound profile that's kept consumers loyal to the Danish brand, in the form of truly wireless earbuds. They retain the design aesthetic of previous Bang & Olufsen wireless earbuds, but introduce some key features that make them a suitable companion for professional athletes and casual runners alike.
Ever since it released the first TicWatch back in 2017, Mobvoi has been making affordable accessories that promise high-quality features at low costs. Earlier this year, it released the TicPods 2 series to fairly solid reviews. Now the manufacturer is expanding its range of audio products with the TicPods ANC, silicone-tipped Bluetooth earbuds with active noise cancellation.
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Getting over the novel coronavirus pandemic, health experts and officials say, will take an extensive contact tracing regime in order to determine who will be able to get back to normal life the fastest and who will need to stay vigilant. With this in mind, Apple and Google have announced a collaboration on universal mobile APIs to introduce a Bluetooth-based exposure notification system to help governments perform contact tracing — first through official public health apps, then, in a few months, right on the operating systems of smartphones and tablets.
Microsoft is well-known for making the Windows operating system, but it's increasingly interested in physical hardware products as well. Earlier this month, Microsoft announced the release dates for its new Surface Headphones 2 and Surface Earbuds. Now the Surface Audio companion app has shown up in the Google Play Store, allowing owners to customize their listening experience.
Google seems to think that YouTube Music is ready for prime time, as the company has just announced that the long-awaited migration from Play Music will happen later this year. But there is at least one annoying bug to fix before all its customers can consider it a true replacement: Track information from YouTube Music over Bluetooth to in-car entertainment systems is broken for many, a pain for those using their phone for music in the car without Android Auto.
Google is updating its Fast Pair protocol with new accommodations for true wireless earbuds. Some of these changes were first tipped back at Google I/O 2019, but with today's launch of the second-generation Pixel Buds, it would probably be the most apt time to introduce some features tailored specifically towards that type of Bluetooth accessory.