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Galaxy Buds+ leaked as AirPods’ nightmare at $149

Today we’re taking a peek at the latest leak of the Samsung Galaxy Buds+, a pair of wireless earphones (or earbuds, if you prefer) that challenge Apple AirPods in the spring of 2023. The Samsung offensive with their second-generation Galaxy Buds could be considered an extension of the family. The features of the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ are extremely similar to those of the original Samsung Galaxy Buds (no + mark), but they cost just a TINY bit more for a decent boost to battery power – and an extra microphone.

You’ve got the Samsung Galaxy Buds on the market already here in early February of 2023. These are the most high-profile, visible, big-brand wireless earbuds on the market playing against the Apple AirPods. Galaxy Buds cost $129, have 6 hours of playtime (or 13 hours with the battery power provided by the recharging case), and they work with Bluetooth 5. How’s that compare to AirPods, AirPods with Wireless Charging Case, or AirPods Pro?

• AirPods Pro cost $250• AirPods with Wireless Charging Case cost $200• AirPods with (non-wireless) Charging Case cost $160• Galaxy Buds+ with Wireless Charging Case cost $150*• Galaxy Buds with Wireless Charging Case cost $130**

*The Samsung Galaxy Buds+ price and details are not yet confirmed as of press time for this article. We’ll know these details for certain on February 11, 2023, at Samsung’s big event. We’ll return to this article at that time to make sure the rumors we’ve gathered for info here were as market-ready accurate as possible. Until then, note that we’re working with leaks like this little drop from early 2023.

**Also note: I’ve rounded up all the prices by $1 (one dollar) because they all ended in 9 – now they’re easier to read and analyze. The Galaxy Buds and Galaxy Buds+ work with wireless charging cases right out the gate, there is no non-wireless charging case with a pair of Samsung Galaxy Buds wireless earbuds.

The big difference between devices for battery time is in quotes for listening time: AirPods Pro 4.5-hours, AirPods: 5-hours, Galaxy Buds: 6-hours, Galaxy Buds+: 11-hours.

The amount of battery life each different charging case can carry is also worthy of some consideration. Each device has a quote that includes time given by the battery in the earbuds PLUS the extra provided by the charging case. Galaxy Buds: 13-hours, Galaxy Buds+: 22-hours, AirPods/AirPods Pro: “More than 24 hours of listening time (with Charging Case).” That’s regardless of non-wireless or wireless case for the AirPods, according to Apple.

The difference between Galaxy Buds and Galaxy Buds+ is mainly in the aforementioned battery life, but also in the addition of “multi-device connectivity” in the Buds+, and in 2 microphones on the exterior of the Buds+ instead of just 1 (in the Buds). That’s mostly helpful for accuracy in earbud-based phone calls and smart assistant commands.

If you’re an iPhone user, it would appear that you’ll get all the features listed by Samsung for the Galaxy Buds, regardless of Buds or Buds+. If you’re an Android user, I suggest you take a peek at our AirPods Pro Review to get a handle on the differences in feature availability for your device.

Two major things to consider for the AirPods Pro: Active Noise Cancellation and Adaptive EQ. Those do not appear in any other buds in this article.

The lesser of the two AirPods models are not rated for water resistance, while the AirPods Pro are IPX4 rated resistant to water and sweat: “Resistant to water splashes from any direction.” Both the Galaxy Buds and Buds+ are rated IPX2: “Resistant to that hits the product at a 15° angle or less.”

Could the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ create chaos for Apple’s AirPods empire? Or do these earbuds just provide a convenient block for Samsung Galaxy smartphone users that’d otherwise strongly consider giving Apple a couple hundred dollars for a pair of pods?

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Last Updated on July 14, 2023

Although Prime Day has come and gone, for those looking to upgrade their Wireless Earbuds, here is a Post-Prime Day Deal we think you won’t want to miss out on.

At the time of writing, the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 True Wireless Earbuds are 49% off at Amazon, bringing their price down from $139.99 to just $72.00.

That’s a huge savings of over $67, which we think makes this offer stand out from the crowd.

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Let’s take a deeper look at what you can receive for the new lower price and why we think it’s a fantastic opportunity to grab the perfect gift.

Noise Cancelling: This provides an immersive listening experience by reducing background noise, making it perfect for users who want to enjoy their music or audio content without distractions in noisy environments.

Ambient Sound: Amplifies external sounds, allowing users to stay aware of their surroundings while listening to music, making them suitable for those who prioritize safety and situational awareness during activities.

Bluetooth Connectivity: Provides Bluetooth connectivity for wireless pairing with compatible devices, offering convenient and cable-free listening for users who prefer a wireless experience with versatile device compatibility. 

Lightweight and Comfort Fit: This provides a comfortable fit, ensuring extended comfort during long listening sessions, making them perfect for users who prioritize comfort during prolonged use.

Touch Control: Enables convenient and hands-free control of music, calls, and voice assistants, making it ideal for users seeking effortless and intuitive operation.

International Version: Provides global compatibility, ensuring users from different countries can enjoy the product without regional limitations or compatibility concerns, making it suitable for global users seeking hassle-free usage across various regions.

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This deal is worth it for the price! You get a bunch of cool features like noise cancellation, ambient sound, Bluetooth connection, lightweight design, a comfy fit, and touch control. It’s perfect for anyone who wants wireless earbuds that are super convenient and reliable.

Whether you’re commuting, traveling, or just jamming out in your everyday life, these earbuds have got you covered. The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 True Wireless Earbuds have a sleek look, solid Bluetooth connectivity, touch controls, and even noise-canceling technology to take your listening experience up a notch.

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Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro Review: A Little Bit Of Everything

Priced at just $199.99, the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro are worthy options for Samsung-focused Android users who want a little bit of everything packed into their wireless earbuds, whether it’s attractive audio performance, excellent waterproofing, a comfortable fit, or active noise cancellation. With their unique voice detection feature and impressive waterproofing, they even manage to come out ahead of other earbuds aimed at a similarly wide market. Unfortunately, you’ll need to be fully committed to the Samsung ecosystem if you want to get the most out of them, but their versatility makes them a solid choice for anyone with an Android device.

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And I do mean “perfect.” Whether I was jogging up San Francisco hills or playing tennis, they refused to budge and continued to feel comfortable despite not leaving my ears for a couple of hours. Most impressively, the Galaxy Buds Pro achieve this without stabilizing fins. Nor did I have to worry about them getting wet, thanks to their phenomenal IPX7 water-resistance rating. That not only keeps them safe from any sweat during a workout, but it also allowed me to keep them in while walking through a February rainstorm. That puts them way ahead of competing earbuds like the AirPods Pro and the Jabra Elite 85t, both of which only have an IPX4 rating.

The controls are comfortably familiar to anyone who’s used Samsung’s other earbuds: Tap once to play or pause a song, tap twice to skip to the next song, and tap three times to jump back to the previous song. In the Galaxy Wearable app, you can choose to tie the long press to the ambient mode, your choice of voice assistant, or the volume. 

In practice, though, the controls could use some work. For instance, merely adjusting the buds themselves can be easily registered as a command to play or pause the music. And while the play/pause command works well enough, the double and triple taps frequently only register as single taps. It’s the most madding aspect of the Galaxy Buds Pro experience, and I was happy to see that the Galaxy Wearable app at least allows you to turn off touch controls altogether.

Face the music

If there’s any single reason to buy these buds over other multi-featured wireless competitors, it’s the decently deep bass and clear treble they offer, thanks in part to the 11-millimeter woofer and 6.5mm tweeter in each bud. Take Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams”—with the Galaxy Buds Pro, the well-known thumpin’ bassline still packs a punch without drowning out the clarity of Stevie Nicks’ vocals. The same goes for Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy,” which sounds reasonably close to what I hear when I listen to it with some over-ear headphones. I soon found myself turning to the Galaxy Buds Pro just for the pleasure of listening to music through them.

The Galaxy Buds sound great straight out of the box (even on an iPhone, where they’re not supported by any software), but for the best experience, you should head to the Galaxy Wearable app and choose from one of the six preset options. Mind you, the experience isn’t universally satisfying: Some tracks have a tad too much brightness. Even so, the audio is far more smartly balanced than what I’m used to from earbuds, and I’d be happy if the Galaxy Buds Pro were the only buds I had for music.

Half-canceled noise

It’s a good thing that the music quality is so remarkable, as it does a lot to make up for the Galaxy Buds Pro’s merely adequate active noise-canceling performance. The Buds Pro do a slightly better job of muffling the world around you than the Galaxy Buds Live, but you’re better off sticking with Sony’s WF-1000XM3 or Apple’s AirPods Pro if you’re in search of good ANC above all else. Samsung lets you switch between “high” and “low” ANC performance, but I tended to keep it on high as that was the only mode that adequately masked sounds like my desk fan,or passing cars outside my window, or even the wind. It’s strong enough that I could clearly tell the ANC was on, but not strong enough that I’d like to take them with me on an airplane. (Times being what they are, I didn’t have an opportunity to test this.)

Also impressive is the “voice detect” feature, which lowers the volume and switches from ANC to ambient mode when the Galaxy Buds Pro sense that you’re talking. The effect persists for around 10 seconds, which is usually enough to hear a reply from whoever you were speaking with. I wish more earbuds had this, as it’s one less reason to reach up and fiddle with the controls. And fortunately, you can disable voice detect in the Samsung Wearable app if you’re fond of singing along to your music.


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Dropping them in the charging case nets you an extra 18 hours of play if you keep ANC active, while keeping it off boosts that number to 28 hours. The case itself is an adorably small, square thing that slipped neatly into my jeans pocket and supports both USB-C and Qi wireless charging.

No other Samsung earbuds include such an impressive collection of features in one package. Unfortunately, no other Samsung earbuds so fully push users into the Samsung ecosystem. If you’re an Android user who doesn’t have a Samsung phone, you won’t be able to use nifty features like the ability to automatically switch pairing from a Samsung phone to a Samsung tablet (depending on which one you’re using at a time). You also won’t be able to use hands-free voice-assistant activation with Bixby, although you can still use either Google Assistant or Alexa through the touch controls. Samsung even now has a quick-pairing feature that (greatly) resembles Apple’s. Just hold your Galaxy Buds Pro charging case near your Samsung phone with the lid open, and the prompt to pair them will immediately pop up.

The Galaxy Buds Pro also support Samsung’s 3D Audio feature, which riffs on the spatial audio Apple introduced for the AirPods Pro late last year. If you’re watching a film that supports Dolby surround sound, the Galaxy Buds Pro will recreate some of that experience through mere earbuds. Or so I hear. 3D Audio is only available on the Galaxy S21 and not on the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra used for this review. I don’t think this should dissuade anyone from buying these buds, but it’s a reminder that you’ll get the most out of them if you’re specifically a Samsung user.

Bottom line

You Will Love The Galaxy Buds, Until You Hate Them

Alongside its brand new flagships for 2023, the Galaxy S10 (and the Galaxy Fold), Samsung took the stage in San Francisco earlier this year to launch the Galaxy Buds — a kind of updated Gear IconX to compete against Apple’s AirPods, at a lower price. To make things even better, Samsung, in India, was offering people who buy the Galaxy S10 a chance to get the Galaxy Buds for a massively discounted price of Rs. 3000.

I’ve been using the Galaxy Buds for well over a month now, and I loved them. I really did. When I first received them from Samsung I loved using them all the time. You would’ve found me at my desk at work, the Galaxy Buds in my ears, bopping my head along to yet another song I found on Spotify (and later, on YouTube Music). If I was on a call at work, I’d most likely be taking the call on the Galaxy Buds.

And why not, right? They charge fast enough, they last long enough, and the tap functions work really well — they were the perfect pair of truly wireless earbuds.

That’s when the problems started.

Over time, I’ve noticed a bunch of things with the Galaxy Buds. Some of them were annoying but not exactly deal breakers, others, however, are downright stupid and had I known about them, I’d have bought the Mi AirDots Pro for myself from China and happily used them.

First off, connectivity issues. The Galaxy Buds had a ton of connectivity issues when they first came out. Samsung rolled out an update to fix those, and for the most part, they’re fixed. Still, however, every now and then, one of the two Buds will drop connection while you’re listening to music or taking a call, and you’ll end up having to take them both out, putting them back in the case. Opening the case again, and letting them connect to the phone again before getting back to whatever it is you were doing. That is annoying. It happens infrequently though, maybe like once in a week or two, and I can put up with it. I don’t want to, and I don’t think a pair of earphones priced at Rs. 10,000 should ever have an issue like that, but I convinced myself to put up with it.

The biggest problem though, and this is one I can not forgive ever, is the fact that the Galaxy Buds depend on the Samsung Gear app to work — that’s how you adjust the various settings for the Buds, that’s where you set up different tap gestures, adjust the ambient sound mode, and what not. That app, is also where you get firmware upgrades for the earbuds.

Firmware upgrades are good, they bring new features sometimes, but they almost always improve existing ones. I’m a sucker for a well updated piece of hardware. The problem is, if you’re using the Galaxy Buds, and an update comes in, the buds get disconnected. No warnings, nothing. One second you’ll be talking on a call, and all of a sudden radio silence, because the Buds disconnected and the call switched to the phone’s earpiece and mic.

I’m not saying this out of nowhere, I’ve used a bunch of other truly wireless earbuds, and while I really loved the Galaxy Buds, the Xiaomi AirDots Pro are currently the best truly wireless earbuds I’ve used with Android, and the AirPods are perfect with iOS, and decently good enough with Android.

So yeah, the Galaxy Buds are pretty amazing, until they aren’t, and personally, if you’re spending Rs. 10,000 on a pair of earphones, even the AirPods work better with Android, so maybe get those.

Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean Ota Update Leaked For Bell Galaxy S3 (Sgh

Samsung must be pushing the carriers in the US (and Canada) pretty hard to get the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update out to the public for the Galaxy S3 as soon as possible, instead of taking a long time as was the case with previous devices. With two official Jelly Bean firmware leaked for the T-Mobile Galaxy S3, and not to mention numerous leaks for the international Galaxy S3, now a Jelly Bean Android 4.1 OTA update – having the firmware version MVLALI1 – has leaked for the Canadian Bell Galaxy S3 variant (model number i747M).

“You can find the latest Jelly Bean update leak for the international Galaxy S3 → here, and the T-Mobile one → here.”

With Android 4.1 being quite an important update, mostly due to the performance and smoothness improvements as well as the new Google Search experience, many will be wanting to try it out. The guide below will walk you through the steps to update to the leaked Jelly Bean OTA update with step-by-step instructions, so that you can get a taste of the official Android 4.1 update on your Bell Galaxy S3 before the final update actually rolls out.

However, considering this is a leaked pre-release update and is not being officially rolled out by Bell/Samsung, it may have issues and some things might not work properly. It might not be stable enough for every day use, so if you aren’t comfortable with trying leaked pre-release firmware, you should wait for the official update.

Now, let’s take a look at how the MVLALI leaked official Jelly Bean OTA update can be installed on the Bell Galaxy S3. Be sure to read the instructions carefully.


This guide below is compatible only and only with the Bell Galaxy S3, model number SGH-i747M. It’s not compatible with any other Galaxy S3, it only works for Bell variant. Check your device’s model in Settings» About phone.


The methods and procedures discussed here are considered risky and you should not attempt anything if you don’t know completely what it is. If any damage occurs to your device, we won’t be held liable.

How to Install Jelly Bean Android 4.1 OTA on Bell Galaxy S3

[Important] Flash the stock MVLALH1 firmware on your phone by following the guide → here. The update will fail to flash on any other firmware or on custom ROMs. Keep in mind that this may require you to wipe data on your phone, so be sure to make a backup (see step 1). Also, if you are already on the MVLALH1 firmware (check in Settings » About menu), you can skip this step.

Copy the file to the internal storage on your phone.

In recovery, use the volume buttons to scroll up/down and the home button to select an option.

Select apply update from sdcard (or apply update from internal storage), then scroll to and select the file to start installation of the Jelly Bean OTA update.

After installation is complete, the phone should reboot automatically. If it does not reboot, go back to the main recovery menu and select reboot system now to boot up into the newly installed Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean.

NOTE: To go back to ICS Android 4.0, you can flash the MVLALH1 firmware by following the guide linked in step 2 above.

The leaked official Jelly Bean Android 4.1 firmware is now up and running on your Bell Galaxy S3. Use it, go through what’s new and what’s changed, and do let us know what you think!

Best Wireless Chargers For Airpods 3, Airpods 2, And Airpods Pro In 2023

Apple released the latest AirPods 3 in its Unleashed 2023 event, and I am thrilled! What makes Apple’s latest AirPods 3 special are its spatial audio support and 3-dimensional listening experience. However, I loved its MagSafe compatibility, which was earlier limited to special wireless charging cases in AirPods Pro and AirPods 2.

But which are the best wireless chargers for your AirPods? We have curated a list of the best options below. Keep reading to find out.

1. Apple MagSafe charger: Editor’s choice

Apple’s MagSafe charger makes wireless charging easy and convenient. Primarily designed for iPhone 12 series, it works exceptionally well with compatible AirPods. Moreover, its spot-on design featuring built-in magnets ensures it snaps onto the right place and begins charging immediately.

With 15W charging speed, It’s one of the fastest wireless chargers out there. Moreover, you can seamlessly use it with other accessories like a stand to enhance your experience.


Secure attachment

Lightweight and convenient

Easy to use magnetic design


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2. Yootech wireless charger: Most affordable

Being exceptionally affordable, Yootech’s wireless charger offers a dual-orientation design to charge your phone both in landscape and portrait modes.

With the most user-friendly design, this wireless charging case for AirPods comes with temperature control, surge protection, and short-circuit prevention. Moreover, the charger is also sleep-friendly. This means that it will turn off the light when charging at night, so it doesn’t interrupt your sleeping patterns.

It features a 7.5W output capacity and supports 3 different charging modes for iPhones. I love its wide charging area, ensuring you don’t have to search for the charging spot every time. However, the charging cord could have been a little longer.

Overall, it is a strong option because there’s a lifetime money-back and replacement guarantee with a 12-hour response service. 


Dual-orientation design


Bets affordable option

Lifetime money-back guarantee


Heats a little

Short power cord

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3. Belkin 2-in-1 MagSafe wireless charger: Best Apple MagSafe alternative

The most versatile wireless charger on the list, Belkin’s MagSafe charger is compatible with your AirPods, iPhone 12 or 13 series, and Apple Watch as well. Moreover, you can use it to charge two devices simultaneously.

Unlike Apple’s MagSafe charger, this comes with a power adapter which is a great add-on. Besides, it lets you charge in any orientation so that you can FaceTime or watch videos while charging. It is lightweight and allows a secure, aligned connection. With a modern look and chrome finish, it makes charging effortless.

The best part? This is the only charger in the market that comes with Apple’s MagSafe technology. Hence, it makes for the perfect Apple’s MagSafe alternative if you don’t really want to go for the official one. Besides, it is backed by a 2-year warranty!


Fast charging



Best MagSafe


Easy flip between portrait and landscapes modes


Weak magnetic alignment

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4. Nomad Base Station hub: Charges 4 devices together

Power multiple devices with Nomad Base Station Hub in style. With a sleek and modern design, Nomad’s Base Station hub is highly functional. It can charge 4 devices at once.

Apart from providing fast up to 10W wireless charging speed to your AirPods, it has two additional ports: USB-A and USB-C port, to help you power up game controllers, media players, and other devices. 

Moreover, this AirPods wireless charger comes with an ambient light sensor that dims LEDs at night. In addition, its padded leather wireless charging surface gives it the most sophisticated look. The entire charging pad surface acts as a charger, making it easy to use and extremely convenient. 


Charge multiple devices

Thin design form

Ultimate power delivery with 3 high-power coils


Inconvenient for big phones

Most expensive on the list

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5. Anker wireless charger: Portable with built-in fan

Anker’s wireless charger comes with a built-in fan designed to keep your AirPods or your iPhone cool. Besides, it has an 18-month warranty and a case-friendly design.

It comes with a 4ft (1.22 m) micro USB cable and supports through case charging. Being ultra-safe, its Power wave pad can provide 7.5W output capacity for iPhones and 5W for AirPods.

Besides, it has an anti-slip surface and LED informative indicators. The blue LED indicator tells that your device is charging, whereas the flashing green tells you that the adapter is unsupported.

Recommended by BuzzFeed as one of the Best Wireless Chargers in 2023, Anker’s Wireless Charger is also budget-friendly and a strong option for you to consider.



Through case charging with LED indicators

18-month warranty


Not compatible with MagSafe

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This wraps up our list of the best wireless chargers for AirPods. If you’re a dedicated Apple user, go for the Apple MagSafe Charger. However, if you’d like to charge your media players and other devices as well, Belkin should be your go-to option. Yootech’s and Anker’s wireless chargers provide the best value for people on a tight budget.

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