AirPods Pro 2 is about to work, and although some may be annoyed to hear that it comes as late as the 1st quarter of 2022, I am more than happy. That’s because I want Apple to take all the time it needs to imitate the best features of Samsung’s recently announced Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro.
Yes, although I am rarely influenced by Samsung, I can even admit when the Seoul-based company has beaten Cupertino. And Samsung’s Galaxy Buds Pro shows everything, but guarantees a place in our best wireless earbuds.
Galaxy Buds Pro is smarter than AirPods Pro
While the AirPods Pro has similar features as the Galaxy Buds Pro ̵
With the title Voice Direct, Galaxy Buds Pro can dynamically change volume or activate ambient sound by detecting when you speak. For example, if you use the ANC, Buds Pro will switch to Ambient Sound, because it knows that you are probably talking to someone loud.
This is a cool feature for me personally because it reduces social wear and tear when I use wireless earbuds. If I do not temporarily prevent or decrease the volume, I end up in a conversation and have to ask the person to repeat what they said.
It naturally makes me feel as if I have come out as the self-centered jerk, when I was beaten in my own world and not taken into account by those around me.
Why I do not hold my breath
Annoyingly, such a feature has not been heard of in the AirPods Pro 2 rumors we have tracked. Instead, it is about transparency mode that is improved to warn users of incoming dangers, as well as compatibility with the often rumored AirTags.
And I could see a world where Apple does not find a way to match Voice Detect. First, the fine print of Samsung’s press release (the estimated battery life is with “default settings with Bixby voice wake-up and voice recognition turned off”) suggests that it may cut battery life – and it may be too high a cost for Apple.
Moreover, Samsung could have patented this technology, and be reluctant to license it to Apple (which may also be reluctant to pay for it). And if Apple can not get that technology, I would like to see $ 249 AirPods Pro go down a bit in price, since Galaxy Buds Pro is $ 50 cheaper to $ 199.
In addition, Apple may not see need for this feature as much as I do. Only AirPods Pro need this feature to protect users from switching away, and most iPhone owners will probably still prefer the usability of AirPods, since it is made for Apple devices. Buds Pro is similarly made to work best with Samsung devices. That said, Galaxy Buds Pro uses Bluetooth, which works with iPhones, and it’s worth testing out.
If Apple wants to continue to be seen as the king of this segment, it can not overlook Voice Detect. It’s a feature that makes social interaction with truly wireless headphones frictionless.