All the attention was focused on Samsung last week, which is not surprising given the Galaxy S21 lineup’s interesting pricing. These weren’t the only products the company announced, however, and the Galaxy Buds Pro definitely deserves as much attention, especially for the value it offers for its price tag. Of course, it’s not perfect, but thankfully some of its shortcomings can be easily addressed with software updates, just like the one that will be ready for new owners when they turn on the buds for the first time.
The Galaxy Buds Pro is definitely one of the top TWS earbuds we’ve tested. The $199 price tag for these premium features definitely helps. We had complaints, but nothing to interfere with the deal. However, other users may have a less favorable experience, at least without this first update for buds.
A small update to the Galaxy Buds Pro at just 2.2MB adds the ability to adjust the audio balance for the left and right channels. This may seem like a minor feature, but it can actually be a barrier to shows for people with hearing impairments. It has also been found that hearing can be very personal and may even differ between the same person’s ear. Hence, the ability to adjust the sound balance to taste is a significant improvement.
The update also notes that it improves hands-free voice wake-up response for Bixby, which might be a good thing if you use Bixby that much. Unfortunately, it still doesn’t support assigning a trigger to other helpers, which is disappointing but not entirely surprising.
While the earbuds work with just about any smartphone, they still work best with a Galaxy phone. However, we hope that some of the features, especially hearing enhancements, will apply to everyone, regardless of the paired phone. Even more, the hope is that Samsung will roll out updates that will pave the way for more possibilities, such as choosing the AI assistant you want to use.