Samsung is adding Auracast and 360 Audio to more TVs, phones and earbuds

Phil Nickkinson / Digital Trends

Samsung today announced a series of updates for some televisions and a trio of earbuds that will add features across the board, and also allow them to play together even more.

Auracast is one of the interesting features present. This essentially allows one device to pick up signals broadcast by another device, unlike a radio. Samsung has had Auracast on select TVs for a while, and it’s been available on some Galaxy Buds earbuds. Now, this extends to phones and tablets. Broadcast capabilities will be present on the Galaxy S24 and S23 phones, Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Z Flip 5, and the Tab S9 series. (All must have One UI 6.1 or later.) And the ability to listen to Auracast broadcasts will come to the Galaxy S24 series, S23 series, Z Fold5, Z Fold4, Z Flip5, Z Flip4, A54 5G, M54 5G, Tab S9 series, Tab S9 FE series, and Tab Active 5 5G with One UI 5.1.1 or higher.

We’re demonstrating Auracast at CES 2024. This will be groundbreaking. Maybe not anytime soon, but it opens up some really cool possibilities.

Then there’s 360 Audio, which sounds like that, because it makes it sound as if the sound is coming from all around you. Samsung previously supported it on phones and tablets, and now it’s coming to more devices. Samsung says it will work with the Galaxy Buds2 Pro and Buds 2. And it will be served from TVs including Samsung Neo QLED 8K (QN900D, QN800D), Neo QLED 4K (QN95D, QN90D, QN87D, QN85D), OLED (S95D, S90D, S85D ) and QLED (Q80D, Q70D).

Samsung also makes it easier to switch functionality between devices. So, if you’re using Samsung Galaxy Buds with a Samsung TV and a call comes in, the headphones will automatically switch back to the phone and then back to the TV once the call is finished. And the update will also help with this switch to the Galaxy Book4. All this seamless switching will work with Galaxy Buds2 Pro, Galaxy phones and tablets with One UI 4.1.1 and later, Galaxy Book series with One UI 6.0 and later, Galaxy Watch 4, and Samsung TVs starting February 2022 and newer one.

And if you use Galaxy Buds and a Galaxy S24 phone, you’ll be able to take advantage of real-time translation, as the other person speaks on your phone, and you hear the translation on your Buds. Then they will hear the translation through your phone speaker.

Samsung says the update will start rolling out at the end of February.

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