Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus was finally released on Tuesday alongside the Galaxy S20 series and the Galaxy Z Flip. Though it looks identical to the original one, its inside is of much difference, such as the longer battery life and the upgraded two-way drivers. One other noteworthy change is multi-device pairing, or Bluetooth multipoint. This is a fantastic feature for most people, as it means you can pair and swap between multiple Bluetooth devices.
Actually, early leaks had proved for that. Last week, an iOS app for the Galaxy Buds Plus appears in Apple’s App store. And the iOS app’s page said that the new app works on iPhone 7 or newer and iOS 10 or higher. That is to say, Galaxy Buds Plus is more friendly to Apple devices, compared with its predecessor which only supports a single device one time. On the other hand, this new app is encountered with some criticism, because it doesn’t appears to be compatible with the Buds, only the Buds Plus.
So what exactly is Bluetooth multipoint technology? Do you really need that?
Bluetooth multipoint was introduced in 2010, with the release of Bluetooth 4.0. It allows a single headset to maintain simultaneous connections to at least two source devices. More specifically, it lets you stream music and receive notifications from the laptop while keeping an ear on the phone. Everyone will benefit from this technology, but white-collars will find it much more practical, because the multipoint technology enables you to connect your compatible headset to both your personal and professional devices at the same time.
Till now, Bluetooth multipoint technology is not the trend of earphone industry. Take Apple for an example. Its two earphones, Airpods and Airpods Pro both support just one device at a time, let alone the connection between devices of different brands. Back to the production, there is a cost-to-benefit ratio manufacturers must consider. While for general consumers, this technology is just a convenience instead of an essential. Only when you have to juggle multiple tasks from multiple devices, like answering calls, receiving notification pings and sound for email and more, that a set of multipoint-support earbuds is necessary.
Generally, it costs much to have a Bluetooth multipoint headphone (of course, some great brands are recommended like Bose SoundLink On-Ear Wireless and Jabra Elite 85h). But Samsung realized that and other improvements with $149, just $20 more than the previous Buds. How this brand will show more of its superiority in the future, let’s wait and see.