Friday, 26 April, 2019

Microsoft may be planning to dethrone Apple AirPods with Surface Buds

Microsoft is working on Surface earbuds to compete with Apple's AirPods Microsoft to release Surface Buds to compete with Amazon and Apple
Emmett Howard | 17 April, 2019, 11:33

Microsoft is working on a rival to the Apple AirPods, according to internet rumours. 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 tech giant is reportedly developing "Surface Buds" in an effort to take on Apple's wildly successful AirPods, Thurrott reported, citing sources close to the situation. Now, it looks like Microsoft is planning to launch a pair of wireless earbuds, too, but under the Surface brand.

Why the codename "Morrison"? Dubbed "Surface Buds", these new earphones from Microsoft are much smaller than the Surface Headphones, making them much more ideal for travel. "Thurrott does say that the buds could contain a feature that "[improves] interactions between a phone and the earbuds" to make reading websites, e-books, and other digital content easier on smartphones, but that functionality may not make it into the final product.

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Microsoft's Surface Headphones are over-ear headphones, which means that they fully encompass the ears for better comfort and isolation. With Cortana being what it is, it's hard to get excited about these rumored earbuds, but more competition is still welcome. These features would include active noise cancellation, Cortana integration, answering questions and controlling music, and great battery life, though nothing has been concretely mentioned. "Spin the noise cancellation dial on Microsoft's new cans, and the world fades away", we wrote at the time.

And the release? This year is "plausible, but not guaranteed" the report notes.

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