Microsoft has been slowly expanding its first-party hardware lineup over the past few years, and today the company announced several new products. The Surface Go 2 and Surface Book 3 were the main attractions, but for those of you not interested in Windows laptops, there are audio products on the way as well.
We only recently got an upgraded pair of Galaxy Buds+ from Samsung, at the same time as the Galaxy S20 series was launched, and they offer superior battery life and improved sound in a practically identical form factor. If a new report from WinFuture is to be believed, Samsung's next-generation true wireless earbuds could introduce a new design the like of which we've not seen before.
Google first revealed an updated line of Pixel Buds in October of last year, but there's still no firm release date beyond "spring." A product listing at B&H appeared two months ago, saying the buds were "coming soon," but that was later removed. Now another page about the Pixel Buds 2 has been made available, and even though it has already been taken down, nothing on the internet is ever truly deleted.
The influx of budget Bluetooth headphones once audio jacks started disappearing from smartphones has inspired brands like Sony to focus more on the more affordable segment while its premium WH-1000XM3 continues to enjoy critical success and win followers. While we wait for the them to get their successor sometime this year, Sony has dropped a couple of new options—one truly wireless and one over-ear—in the mid-tier price bracket.
We gave the Soundcore Liberty Air 2 wireless earbuds a glowing review last year, thanks to their great sound quality and excellent battery life. Now the earbuds are just $79.99 from Best Buy, a $20 discount from the usual price.
True wireless earbuds have been increasingly popular since Apple launched the AirPods, but the new trend is for them to come with active noise cancelation. Sony's WF-1000XM3 were among the first, followed closely by Apple with the AirPods Pro. German competitor Sennheiser wants to keep up, and just announced an updated version of its Momentum True Wireless buds, which now feature ANC and improved battery life over the previous iteration.
Samsung's latest wireless earbuds look to be its best yet, with tight Spotify integration and improved sound and battery life for a competitive $149 price point. The spec sheet is impressive, but over the last week, some details have been called into question, with the multi-point connection feature disappearing from the spec sheet, as discovered by SamMobile. Samsung has now issued an official statement, indicating that the feature is present — but only if both devices are Galaxy phones or tablets.
Hey, are you listening to music right this second? Maybe a podcast? I bet you are. If you're looking to upgrade whatever it is you're listening on, you have a ton of options. Android Police tests all kinds of headphones and speakers, but those reviews are a whole lot of words to read. So here, as part of our Most Wanted series, is a digestible list of the audio gear we're really feeling in early 2020.
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.