Microsoft Too Working On Apple AirPods Styled Earbuds
Apple AirPods is one of the company’s best selling products. Owing to their growing popularity many companies including Amazon have started working on their own AirPods-styled earbuds. And now the word is that another company has decided to introduce its own earbuds. Reports suggest that Microsoft is working on its Surface-branded earbuds that could be launched by the end of the year.
Multiple sources close to the matter told Thurrott that Microsoft is working on a pair of earbuds codenamed Morrison after the American singer-songwriter Jim Morrison from the rock band the Doors, that would be powered by Microsoft’s virtual digital assistant, Cortana.
The report further suggests that apart from Cortana integration, Microsoft’s Surface earbuds are likely to offer noise cancellation feature along with a way to improve integration between a smartphone and the earbuds that would reportedly make reading content on the phone a whole lot easier. Details about other features and price remain scarce at the moment.
Notably, this is not the first time that Microsoft has dipped its toes in the headphone segment. Last year, the Redmond, Washington, company launched the premium Surface-branded headphones that came with features including Cortana integration, adjustable noise cancellation, 4 beam-forming microphones and easy volume control option via the dial on the headphones.
Now, the company is looking forward to expanding its portfolio by launching more over-ear headphones and in-ear earbuds, which is where the Surface-branded earbuds come into the picture. However, it remains unclear if Surface Buds would retain their name as and when the company decides to launch them in the market.
Notably, Microsoft is not the only company planning to launch its virtual assistant powered earbuds. As I mentioned before, Amazon too is working on its Alexa-powered earbuds. According to a Bloomberg report, apart from Alexa integration, the Amazon earbuds would support physical gestures to pick up and end calls. They would come with a storage case that would double as a charger that can be used to charge the Amazon earbuds using a standard USB cable. While the report didn’t reveal much about the pricing, it did reveal that the Amazon earbuds would be available in Black and Gray colour variants.