Samsung already has a crowded lineup of true wireless earbuds—models like the Galaxy Buds, Galaxy Buds+, Galaxy Buds Live and Galaxy Buds Pro appeal to a variety of audio lovers, running the gamut from basic audio features in the Buds+ to the premium Buds Pro with active noise cancelling, water resistance and gaming features.
As a part of today’s Galaxy Unpacked event, Samsung is introducing yet another member of this Galaxy Buds line. The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 should be a welcome addition for anyone hoping that Samsung would introduce active noise cancellation at a more budget-friendly price point.
So how does it fit in? Well, based on Samsung’s overview of the new earbuds at Unpacked today, it looks like the Galaxy Buds 2 is most closely a big brother to the Galaxy Buds+. It’s an incremental improvement on that earbud while borrowing noise cancellation technology from Samsung’s top-end earbuds. In fact, Samsung has incorporated a handful of improvements while offering it at a very attractive price.
What We Know About the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2
Samsung has streamlined the look of the Galaxy Buds 2, smoothing out the design so they now look sort of like a pair of pearls. At the same time, Samsung says that the Buds 2 are now 15% smaller and 20% lighter than the older Buds+, which should add up to a very comfortable fit. That’s thanks in part to a selection of interchangeable tips which you can try in conjunction with an “earbud fit test” in the mobile app to dial in the perfect fit. In fact, at Unpacked, Samsung said that the Buds 2 can be worn all day long.
Under the hood, the Galaxy Buds 2 feature two-way speakers with separate woofers and tweeters. But the real news here is the inclusion of active noise cancellation, which Samsung says can eliminate 98% of ambient sound. It also features an Ambient Aware mode—you can choose from among three ambient sound levels so you can hear what’s going on around you if needed without removing your earbuds. For calls, the Buds 2 include three microphones and rely on machine learning to filter background noise out of your conversations.
The Galaxy Buds 2 come in four different colors—white, graphite, olive and lavender. The charging docks are all finished in white but feature the earbud color as an accent when you flip open the lid.
There are a few things Samsung hasn’t said about the Buds 2. We don’t yet know the earbud’s battery life, for example, but based on the rest of the Buds family, it would be very surprising if it wasn’t at least 8 hours with a quick charge option—that’s what you currently get with the Buds Pro.
There’s also no mention of wireless charging, though, and we don’t expect to see that. One wild card is water resistance; Samsung hasn’t specified an IP rating, so it’s not obvious whether you can confidently jog with these in the rain.
How to Buy the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2
The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 will be available for preorder starting today and will officially go on sale on August 27. Either way, the earbuds sell for $150, the lowest price for noise cancelling earbuds in the Samsung lineup.
Apple Card, Apple Pay, and iUP all fail on iPhone 13 pre-order day, exposing fragility of Apple's expansion into credit and payment services – eMarketer
The news: iPhone 13 pre-orders went live early Friday morning. But buyers’ initial buzz of excitement at securing Apple’s latest smartphone was quickly replaced by frustration as those paying with Apple Pay, Apple Card, or using the iPhone Upgrade Program faced errors that stalled the checkout process, per 9to5Mac.
The problem: Customers using Apple’s own payments, credit, and iPhone upgrade services faced major issues that left many unable to complete their iPhone 13 purchases. Citizens One, Apple’s partner bank for the iPhone Upgrade Program, was also plagued with a variety of issues once preorders went live. Even buyers that were pre-approved for the yearly upgrade found their applications rejected by the website and Apple Store app.
- Apple Pay in the Apple Store app and via the Apple Store website was also buggy— many users were unable to check out using their Apple Pay and had to enter their card details manually.
- The Apple Card processing system went down with a variety of bugs. Users were unable to pay for their iPhone 13s using Apple Card—but other cards worked, which means Apple Card users missed out on the 3% Daily Cash incentive, a major feature of the service.
- Frustrated iPhone buyers opted to use other payment options like higher-interest credit cards or PayPal just to get an order in. Those that managed to get through later saw delivery dates pushed past mid-October.
What’s next: While new iPhone pre-order days are usually a big payday for Apple, the iPhone 13’s modest updates—as well as indications that only 10% of users plan to upgrade to the latest models—could result in an equally modest yield that may be further reduced by Apple’s pre-order fiasco.
- The collapse of its multiple payment and upgrade options on such a key day isn’t likely to show down iPhone 13 demand or sales, but its numerous frustrated customers could reflect poorly on Apple’s reputation.
- Consumers’ difficulties in obtaining iPhone 13 orders using Apple’s own credit card, payments, and upgrade programs underscores the fragility of companies overextending their reach into complicated new segments like financial services.
What Happens Next With Oppo And OnePlus – Forbes
OnePlus has laid out its new direction today, with further details on the integration of OnePlus and Oppo. This is the latest in a series of announcements following the news that OnePlus would be taken under the wing of sister company Oppo,
At the time this was seen as OnePlus and Oppo moving closer together to explicitly share resources behind the scenes with Oppo becoming the more dominant partner overall, while OnePlus’s customer facing activities would remain independent.
A few weeks after that announcement, OnePlus followed up with news that the two Android-based operating systems of the two companies, ColorOS and OxygenOS – would be merging much of the codebase while presenting the two different variants to their customers base; so OxygenOS remains for global devices and ColorOS for Chinese devices.
Today, OnePlus’ Co-founder Pete Lau has detailed the next step in the partnership with Oppo. Brandon it OnePlus 2.0, it reinforces the integration of ColorOS and OxygenOS, as well as keeping the distinctiveness between the forward facing parts. From a resources point of view, the benefits of having more commonality should be obvious while keeping granularity for the users.
Lau has also presented a broad strokes timetable for the switchover. The new combined OS will launch in a OnePlus device with the 2022 flagship… i’d assume that is going to be the OnePlus 10 Pro, although there is an opportunity here to introduce a new brand name for the top end devices. Following that, the new OS will roll out across the OnePlus global devices along with 2022’s major Android upgrade.
How this will fit with the increased use of regional brands such as the OnePlus R handsets in India and the OnePlus Nord handsets in Europe remains to be seen.
What can be seen is the OnePlus team keeping its community up to date with the changes. While its too early to go into precise details on the availability of upgrades (at least in public), the roadmap has been brought into focus a little bit more today.
M1 brings new iPhone 13 lineup, iPad models to Singapore – Telecompaper EN
Singapore operator M1 has announced it will offer the iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max, iPhone 13, and iPhone 13 mini, iPad (9th generation) and iPad mini on the local market. M1 customers can now pre-order the iPhone 13 lineup, as well as the iPad mini and iPad. The devices will be commercially available starting 24 September.
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