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It is expected that Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro will receive Bluetooth LE audio support via a firmware update later this year


By TechThop Team

Posted on: 11 Aug, 2022

In addition to being Bluetooth LE audio compatible, Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro, which recently launched globally at $230 (approximately Rs. 18,000), recently launched globally at $230.

In the meantime, Bluetooth LE Audio hasn't been adopted by mainstream wireless headphones or earphones, so it's unclear how it'll be implemented. In an upcoming firmware update for the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro, Samsung may offer Bluetooth LE Audio.

In addition to supporting SBC, AAC, and Samsung Seamless Codec HiFi (SSC HiFi), the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro were released with the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4.

As the successor to Scalable Bluetooth, SSC HiFi supports 24-bit audio transmission but is only compatible with selected Samsung smartphones and tablets.

According to 9to5Google, Samsung will offer Bluetooth LE Audio support for the new Galaxy Buds 2 Pro later this year via firmware updates.

Bluetooth LE Audio: what is it?

LC3 is a Low Complexity Communication Codec, developed by Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), the organization responsible for developing and maintaining Bluetooth technology.

The SBC codec, which is universally supported by Bluetooth audio devices, has been replaced by this long-awaited codec. Samsung will likely implement Bluetooth LE audio support for the Buds 2 Pro by adding support for the LC3 codec via a firmware update, which is unclear for now.

The Bluetooth LE Audio technology is set to be rolled out on wireless headphones and earphones over the next few months and promises to improve sound quality, latency, connection stability, and battery life.

Manufacturers will not be required to pay any licensing fees for Bluetooth LE Audio, as long as they use hardware and standards supported by Bluetooth LE Audio.

Cost benefits could be passed on to consumers as a result. It is common for manufacturers of wireless headphones and earphones to license proprietary codecs such as aptX or LDAC, or to develop their own, such as Samsung's Scalable and SSC HiFi. 

A new, universal, and modern codec standard could be beneficial to both manufacturers and consumers since it would lower the cost of wireless audio products.

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