Qualcomm Debuts New Bluetooth SoC for Cheaper Truly Wireless Buds
Qualcomm wants to bring truly wireless Bluetooth to lower cost ear buds. The company today introduced the QCC3026, a new Bluetooth Audio system-on-a-chip that device makers can use to quickly build new products. Qualcomm says the QCC3026 was made to help device makers balance functionality and cost. The QCC3026 reduces power consumption by up to 50% when compared to earlier generation chips. It is specifically aimed at phone makers that may have to remove the headphone jacks from their phones. Qualcomm believes phone makers will be able to design "quality sounding [Bluetooth] earbuds at a cost point that allows them to package them in the box" along with the phone. The QCC3026 now serves as an alternative to Qualcomm's high-end QCC5100 Bluetooth SoC, which was announced early this year. Oppo has already committed to using the new SoC for buds to be included with its flagship Find X phone.
Review: Sony Xperia Ear Duo Bluetooth Headphones
Sony's open-ear Bluetooth headphones promise to let you "stay in tune with the world" while keeping you informed with smart alerts when on the go. If you've got an ear for safety, the Xperia Ear Duo keep you in touch with your environment while you enjoy some tunes.
Sony's Xperia Ear Duo Headphones Up for Preorder for $280
May 1, 2018
Sony Mobile said U.S. consumers can preorder its Xperia Ear Duo wireless headphones beginning today for $280.
Samsung Galaxy Buds are Smaller, Lighter, Cheaper
Samsung's new Galaxy Buds are 30% smaller than the Gear IconX they replace, and lighter as well, at just 5.6 grams each. These fully-wireless Bluetooth 5.0 earbuds have adaptive dual microphones that can use an outer microphone for your voice, or automatically switch to an inner microphone when there's excessive background noise.
TCL Launching Headphone Lineup in US
Jan 7, 2019
TCL — maker of Alcatel and BlackBerry phones as well as TVs under their own brand — is getting into the affordable headphone business. The company today announced its first lineup of TCL-branded wired and Bluetooth personal audio devices for the US, with four sub-brands.
Google Photos Update Adds Auto White Balance Correction
Mar 3, 2017
Google says a new version of its Google Photos app introduces several new editing tools for improving photographs. The Google Photos editor already automatically corrects exposure and saturation, but will now also automatically correct white balance.