Good news, Sony earbud owners! Sony has promised to upgrade three of its best true wireless earbuds with a free audio feature.
Multipoint audio support – allowing earbuds to stay connected to two different Bluetooth devices at the same time – is coming to the Sony LinkBuds, LinkBuds S and WF-1000XM4 earbuds (H/T Engadget) in the coming months. (opens in new tab)).
Sony says the feature will be available in November via a new firmware update for its LinkBuds models, while the WF-1000XM4 will get the same update sometime between December and January.
This is a big deal for Sony’s wireless earbuds, as it puts them on par – or rather makes them more useful – than Apple’s AirPods and AirPods Pro models. The latter devices have easily switched audio support since their respective launches, but the feature only works for Apple-branded products.
In contrast, Sony’s LinkBuds, LinkBuds S and WF-1000XM4 earbuds will soon be able to function simultaneously with all Bluetooth devices, regardless of manufacturer. For example, if you watch Netflix on your Dell laptop, you can stay up to date with notifications on your Samsung phone.
In order for multipoint audio support to function, earbuds must necessarily support both A2DP and HFP/HSP connections for audio streaming and talking respectively. Some devices can only support two simultaneous phone connections (which is quite impractical anyway), while other devices can handle simultaneous phone and computer connections.
Sony’s LinkBuds, LinkBuds S and WF-1000XM4 earbuds will soon be capable of the latter, although the brand’s low-cost wireless models — such as the Sony WF-C500 — will miss out on the free upgrade.
Three great earbuds get even better
The Sony LinkBuds, LinkBuds S and WF-1000XM4 are three great wireless earbuds in their own right, so it’s a welcome surprise to see Sony handing out a pretty significant upgrade – free and no less – to each of them.
The WF-1000XM4 in particular is our current pick for the best true wireless earbuds money can buy, so the imminent addition of multipoint audio support will only bolster their claim to that title in the face of competition from rival manufacturers.
Plus, we recently named the LinkBuds S one of the best-fitting small-ear earbuds we’ve ever tested – their multipoint audio support will, unsurprisingly, make them even better practically (for those with small ears or otherwise) .
If you haven’t bought either pair and are considering investing in Sony’s wireless audio lineup, check out our Sony LinkBuds vs Sony WF-1000XM4 feature, as well as our report on why Sennheiser’s new true wireless earbuds are putting the pressure on Sony’s flagship model.