Galaxy Buds 2 updated with Galaxy Buds Pro’s 360 Audio feature
Samsung released Galaxy Buds Pro last year, as a competitor to Apple’s AirPods Pro. The earbuds included a 360 Audio feature, which changes the direction of the audio to match head movements, similar to Apple’s “Spatial Audio” on AirPods 3 and other headphones. Now the feature is coming to Galaxy Buds 2, thanks to a new software update.
The Galaxy Buds 2 are receiving a new firmware update, with a version number of R177XXU0AVC8, which mentions 360 Audio support and Bluetooth enhancements in the change log. The update has just been sent to my Galaxy Buds 2 and there are more reports on social media.
While new features are always interesting, 360 Audio is more of a gimmick than anything else. Unlike spatial audio on Apple devices, which is intended for use with 360-degree built audio content, Samsung 360 Audio works with audio from most apps. It just shifts the positioning of the stereo channels based on your head movements, or at least, it should – I couldn’t get it to work with Spotify.
Samsung claims that the firmware update also improves audio quality during voice calls, which is arguably more useful. If you haven’t received the update yet, try pairing your Galaxy Buds 2 by opening the Galaxy Wearable app, selecting “Headphone Settings” and finally tapping “Headphone Software Update” at the bottom of the list.
The Galaxy Buds 2 was just released in the second half of 2021, so there haven’t been many other software updates. The other notable improvement came shortly after release, when Samsung added support for Buds 2 to the company’s Galaxy Buds app for Windows. This allows you to change all settings and options from a Windows PC, rather than just the Galaxy Wearable app on mobile devices. The Galaxy Buds 2 have also been on sale a few times in the past few months.