Your Samsung wearables are getting some new audio and visual recording upgrades.
New updates are headed to Samsung’s wearables—including the Galaxy Buds2 Pro and Galaxy Watch5—to enhance your ability to record the world around you. Or at least make it a little easier to do so.
For the Galaxy Buds2 Pro (paired with a Galaxy smartphone), there’s the new 360 Audio Recording feature. It’s something that Samsung says can pick up and record sound from around you using microphones inside your earbuds. According to the company press release, watching a video that utilizes 360 Audio Recording will provide “lifelike and immersive sounds that emulate an in-person experience.”
An update for the Camera Controller app is also bound for the Galaxy Watch4 and Watch5, which aim to give you more camera control from your wrist. Once the feature goes live, you’ll be able to adjust the zoom on your connected Galaxy phone’s camera—either by pinching on the watch face or via bezel rotation.
360 Audio Recording is rolling out to Galaxy Buds2 Pro, Galaxy Z Flip4, and Galaxy Z Fold4 today as an update—as long as you’re running at least One UI 5.0 and your device supports LE Audio. The Camera Controller update will begin its rollout to the Galaxy Watch4, Watch4 Classic, Watch5, and Watch5 Pro sometime in February—requiring One UI 5.1 and up.
These updates will start with Bluetooth versions of their respective devices, then follow up on LTE models after.
Besides its Galaxy smartphones, Samsung makes some of the most fitting wireless earbuds and Android smartwatches on the market. And like its smartphones, the company announced regular software upgrades in its accessories to add new aspects and further improve them. The Korean giant has launched the latest Galaxy Buds 2 Pro update rollout, adding binaural recording capabilities. This will permit you to record the videos with 360 Audio connected to a Galaxy smartphone running One UI 5.0.
The Galaxy Buds 2 Pro is already effective in playing back 360 Audio. With its new firmware upgrade, Samsung is taking advantage of the earbuds’ left and suitable microphones to let you record 360-degree audio. When the video is resumed on an appropriate device, consumers will feel like they are in the middle of the action. These aspects will be helpful when you are at a music show or recording a video with many other people.
Samsung says it is taking advantage of the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro’s LE Audio support to add binaural recording capabilities. While other Galaxy Buds earphones can also playback 360 Audio, they don’t help the 360 Audio Recording aspect. The feature is restricted to Galaxy smartphones that support Bluetooth LE Audio, with the brand first rolling out the firmware for the Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Fold four alongside the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro starting today.
For Galaxy Watch four and Watch five holders, Samsung is improving their Camera Controller experience by adding zoom controls. You will have to zoom in/out while remotely controlling your smartphone’s camera from your Galaxy Watch by pinching or rotating the bezel on its screen. The Camera Controller app now provides a bare-bones experience. It only lets you capture photos or shoot videos from your Galaxy smartphone.
This feature will roll out to Samsung’s latest Wear OS 3 smartwatches through a software upgrade in February 2023. The latest firmware will be first available for Bluetooth variants of the watch before expanding to LTE versions. To enjoy this aspect, your Samsung smartphone must also be running One UI 5.1, which should roll out once the Galaxy S23 debuts in early February 2023.
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