Thursday, 25 April, 2019

Surface Buds? Microsoft reportedly making AirPods-like wireless earbuds

Microsoft Surface Buds could see Cortana challenge AirPods Microsoft is working on Surface earbuds to compete with Apple's AirPods
Katie Ramirez | 17 April, 2019, 11:32

It's not year clear how Microsoft intends to differentiate its earbuds from others that are now available from competitors. Samsung revealed the Galaxy Buds back in February, and they are functionally quite similar to the AirPods (though the Buds come in a smaller, more elegant form factor).

In addition to the Surface Headphones, which were officially launched a year ago, the software giant is now working on its very own earbuds that would technically be positioned as an alternative to Apple's AirPods and other similar devices already on the market. Microsoft products to come with Qualcomm processor In another news, it was recently reported that Microsoft is testing Qualcomm Snapdragon processor for its devices. "The company is looking to capitalize upon the development of its audio tech by expanding its portfolio to cover the two major categories of headphones: over-ear and in-ear".

While the new product could very well launch as Surface Buds, a final name hasn't yet been chosen, and Microsoft could change it at any moment should it have a different idea.

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However, as Fast Company pointed out, Microsoft no longer considers Cortana to be a rival to Amazon's Alexa, Apple's Siri or Google's Assistant, so this wouldn't give the firm that much of a competitive advantage. These features would include active noise cancellation, Cortana integration, answering questions and controlling music, and great battery life, though nothing has been concretely mentioned. It can offer 'proactive guidance, read you emails, or kick off your conference call, ' according to the firm. Apple's AirPods have led the way, followed by Samsung, and Amazon is also reportedly joining the fray.

The company's reinvention under Satya Nadella has brought us many things, some good, some bad, but one of the words that keep coming back is "cuckold".

They feature Apple's new H1 chip that's 'specifically built for headphones'.

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