Owners of Sony earbuds, celebrate! Sony has promised to add a free audio feature to three of its best true wireless earbuds.
Multipoint audio support, which allows earbuds to connect to two different Bluetooth devices at the same time, will be added to the Sony LinkBuds, LinkBuds S, and WF-1000XM4 earbuds in the coming months (H/T Engadget(opens in new tab)).
Sony says the functionality will be operational in November via a new firmware update for its LinkBuds models, while the WF-1000XM4 will receive the same update between December and January.
This is significant for Sony’s wireless earbuds since it puts them on par with Apple’s AirPods and AirPods Pro models—or rather, makes them even more useful.
Since their separate debuts, the latter devices have bragged about easy-switching audio capability, although the function is limited to Apple-branded goods.
Sony’s LinkBuds, LinkBuds S, and WF-1000XM4 earphones, on the other hand, will soon be able to work in tandem with any Bluetooth-enabled devices, irrespective of the maker.
You will be able to get notifications from your Samsung phone while, for example, watching Netflix on your Dell laptop.
Earbuds must unavoidably support both A2DP and HFP/HSP connections for audio streaming and talking in order for multipoint audio support to work.
Other devices can offer simultaneous phone and computer connections, while some can only support two simultaneous phone connections (which is very unrealistic, anyway).
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The latter feature will soon be available on Sony’s LinkBuds, LinkBuds S, and WF-1000XM4 earbuds, but not on the company’s less expensive wireless devices, such the Sony WF-C500.