Samsung just announced the Galaxy Buds Pro, its fanciest earbuds yet. The $200 wireless buds have automatic noise cancellation, IPX7 water resistance, and a gaming mode for low latency audio. They also sound great.
But the neatest thing about the Galaxy Buds Pro is the way they handle outside sound. Similar to the “Transparency” mode on Apple’s AirPods Pro and similar features on other high-end earbuds, the Galaxy Buds have an “Ambient” setting that pipes in audio through outward-facing microphones. But instead of making you tap a button to activate this setting, Samsung’s buds can start listening for outside sound automatically when they hear your voice.
It’s the kind of obvious-in-hindsight idea that ought to be copied by practically every high-end earbud maker, even if Samsung’s execution leaves room for improvement.
Tuning in the outside world
Unlike Samsung’s bean-shaped Galaxy Buds Live, the Galaxy Buds Pro have a more traditional design, with three sizes of…