Samsung Leaks Upcoming AirPods Competitor 'Galaxy Buds'

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Samsung has leaked its upcoming wearables lineup through its Galaxy Wearable app for Android ahead of its February 20 event.

    Image credit: SamCentralTech

    As spotted by Twitter account SamCentralTech, and reported by The Verge, the initial "pick your device" screen of the app reveals the names and marketing images for a new Galaxy Watch Active, Galaxy Fit fitness trackers, and Galaxy Buds.

    Galaxy Buds are the least known of the three products, serving as Samsung's latest AirPods competitor. They won't be Samsung's first pair of truly wireless earphones, succeeding the Gear IconX in 2016, but rumors suggest they'll be able to charge wirelessly on the back of the upcoming Galaxy S10.

    Image credit: The Verge

    As for the Galaxy Watch Active, the app reveals the bezel-less smartwatch will be available in a 40mm size in at least two colors.

    Samsung will be hosting a media event on Wednesday, February 20 at 11 a.m. Pacific Time at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, where it is widely expected to unveil a trio of new Galaxy S10 smartphones alongside these wearables.

    Article Link: Samsung Leaks Upcoming AirPods Competitor 'Galaxy Buds'
  2. markfc macrumors 6502a


    Sep 18, 2006
    Prestatyn, Wales, UK
    I mean, they’re available in black at least...
  3. mtneer macrumors 68030


    Sep 15, 2012
    These look like many of the ho-hum wireless buds released by the likes of Google and One Plus. Will these carry special hardware to work with Samsung phones?
  4. Heineken macrumors 6502a


    Jan 27, 2018
  5. Baymowe335 macrumors 601

    Oct 6, 2017
    Again, irrelevant product because people with AirPods want iOS.

    Those also look stupid.
  6. Scottsoapbox macrumors 6502a


    Oct 10, 2014
    Airpods. Galaxy buds. Somewhere a marketing firm is laughing about how much money they were paid to come up with these terrible names.
  7. Sasparilla, Feb 15, 2019
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2019

    Sasparilla macrumors 65816

    Jul 6, 2012
    Wirelessly charging the buds by laying them on the back of a s10 is a neat idea, if you didn't have a case that already charges them when you put them in.

    Samsung makes their own watch CPU, so they can make something current in the smartwatch realm - the non iOS section of the market is theirs for the taking (as long as they don't restrict it to Samsung only smartphones) - that the Android watch makers don't have access to (their Qualcomm CPU is in reality 3 or 4 years old).

    Interesting Sammy appears to be going after the lower end Fitbit market with the other fitness tracker they're showing here.
  8. RowellE macrumors regular


    Mar 5, 2012
    AirPods look fugly.
  9. bchery21 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 3, 2009
    Boston, MA
    Soooo many people in my office have AirPods, it's crazy. Plus I see them everywhere I go (Boston area). Anyways, I keep an eye on this event, see what Samsung brings to the table.
  10. NachoGrande macrumors 6502a

    Mar 30, 2010
  11. 69Mustang macrumors 604


    Jan 7, 2014
    In between a rock and a hard place
    Silicone tips? Interest piqued. I might even pick up a pair when I replace my S7 with an S9 when the Note 10 comes out.
  12. DNichter macrumors G3


    Apr 27, 2015
    Philadelphia, PA
    They’re getting pretty desperate at this point. AirPods, watches, stores, its all not going to work unfortunately. Guess they gotta give it a go though.
  13. EvilEvil macrumors 6502a


    Jan 8, 2007
    New York City
    Agreed. Whenever I see people wear them, they scream douchebag.
  14. v0lume4 macrumors 68000


    Jul 28, 2012
    The capability and popularity of the AirPods cannot be understated, but man do I still loathe that design. It looks like a couple of antennas sticking out of your ear. I believe the sort of design that Samsung is going for here is superior, by far.
  15. Jsameds macrumors 68040

    Apr 22, 2008
    At you?
  16. Khedron macrumors 65816

    Sep 27, 2013
    Again, irrelevant comment because people who don't already have AirPods exist.
  17. AngerDanger, Feb 15, 2019
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2019

    AngerDanger macrumors 601


    Dec 9, 2008
    I see they’ve sprung for the more traditional design. I know people seem divided on this, but I've always preferred the parallel-running AirPod handles to the standard black lump design.

    Bragi Dash Compared to AirPods.gif
  18. Number-Six macrumors 6502


    Jul 25, 2013
    Why? They're essentially regular bluetooth headphones.
  19. Khedron macrumors 65816

    Sep 27, 2013
    No they'll use existing standards without arbitrarily locking out functionality for brand protection like Apple does.
  20. SmugMaverick macrumors member


    Aug 31, 2017
    Lol and Airpods look better?

    Don't be that person
  21. MacPDiddy macrumors member

    Aug 25, 2017

    Samsung is a copy shop. They have no shame, including the suckers who buy their knockoff products.

    I’m curious, are u wearing a Bolex watch? smh
  22. dominiongamma macrumors 68000

    Oct 19, 2014
    Tempe, Arizona
    I see AirPods in the wild way more then I do 3rd party ones. Samsung design is yuck
  23. bobob macrumors 68030


    Jan 11, 2008
    Funniest comment I've read all week - - thanks for the laugh!!!
  24. The Game 161 macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
    Loving what Samsung seem to be doing

    I like the look of that watch too less bulky but will see

    Buds do look fine to be honest and charging them via phone? Seems neat ideal

    Guessing this means wireless charging?
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    Enough of that crap please

    Companies copy each other and it’s not a bad thing at all

    Samsung make great products. Makes you look Stupid saying they don’t
  25. Gilligan's last elephant macrumors 65816

    Aug 4, 2016
    It does not state it in the article, but I believe they are Bluetooth ear buds. They will work with audio devices which have Bluetooth capabilities.

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