– Samsung is rumored to be releasing next-gen Galaxy Buds that can provide real-time language translation through AI.
– The AI in the earbuds would allow users to understand and communicate with foreigners without an internet connection.
– Google’s Pixel Buds have offered language translation since 2017, but Samsung’s Buds are expected to have better sound quality and features.
– Samsung did not release an update to its flagship Galaxy Buds this year, but a leaked report suggests the Galaxy Buds 3 Pro will be released in 2024.
– The Galaxy Buds 2 Pro received positive reviews for their noise-cancelling capabilities, and adding translation skills would be a desirable feature.
As a pathetic Brit who’s tried in vain to learn a second language, I want nothing more than multilingual superpowers – and if Samsung’s next Galaxy Buds can help, well… très bien!
According to a report in the Maeil Business Newspaper, it seems my wish could soon be granted. The missive states that next-gen Samsung Galaxy Buds able to “provide real-time interpretation through artificial intelligence (AI) when meeting and conversing with foreigners will be released as early as the second half of next year”.
A recent leak regarding the South Korean tech giant’s incoming Galaxy S24 smartphone lineup suggests more AI is coming to Samsung devices – so it doesn’t take a genius to work out that if Samsung wants to put AI in our hands, the firm also wants to put it in our ears.
Imagine the scene: you land in Haneda airport, Tokyo. You’re trying to give off smart businessperson vibes (rather than complete newbie tourist), so taking out your phone and firing up Google Translate is a no. With the purported on-device AI in Samsung’s buds, you wouldn’t even need to have an internet connection for the earbuds to process what your taxi driver, colleague, or server is saying, translate it in real-time, and relay it discreetly to your shell-likes.
Analysis: Samsung won’t be the first, but it can still be the best
It’s not the first time we’ve seen this kind of thing – Google’s Pixel Buds have boasted the ability to translate languages on the fly using your Pixel phone since 2017 (using the then-freshly baked Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL). The thing is, despite a slew of recent updates to the Google Pixel Buds Pro, Google’s Buds have never quite made it onto our best wireless earbuds list. There’s one key reason for this, as you can read about in my Google Pixel Buds Pro review.
Samsung’s Galaxy Buds Pro 2 are different though. Those August 2022-issue Buds are good. If I can have that sound quality and feature set with added fluency in Japanese (at least the understanding part) Samsung can count on me being first in line to buy a pair when they hit shelves.
Somewhat surprisingly, Samsung didn’t unveil an update to its flagship Galaxy Buds this year (or for that matter the hotly anticipated Samsung Galaxy Buds 3), with a November 16 leak claiming we’ll get the Samsung Galaxy Buds 3 Pro in 2024 instead.
The company did introduce an all-new affordable Galaxy Buds FE proposition, but even a quick scan of our Samsung Galaxy Buds FE review reveals they’re not about to win any awards.
Again Samsung, if you’re reading this, the Buds 2 Pro were fantastic bijou buds and emphatically some of the best noise-cancelling earbuds of last year. That, but with added on-ear translation skills? Take my money…
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AI Eclipse TLDR:
Samsung is reportedly working on next-generation Galaxy Buds that will offer real-time interpretation through artificial intelligence (AI) when conversing with foreigners. These buds are expected to be released in the second half of next year. The AI technology will allow users to understand and translate foreign languages without the need for an internet connection. This feature could be particularly useful for travelers who want to communicate with locals without relying on translation apps. While Google’s Pixel Buds have offered similar translation capabilities since 2017, Samsung’s Galaxy Buds Pro 2 are said to offer improved sound quality and features. Samsung did not release an update to its flagship Galaxy Buds this year, but rumors suggest a new model, the Galaxy Buds 3 Pro, will be released in 2024. The company recently introduced the Galaxy Buds FE, but they have not received outstanding reviews. If Samsung can deliver on its promise of high-quality sound and accurate translations, it could attract customers looking for a comprehensive wireless earbud experience.