If you've yet to experience Sony's noise-cancelling earbuds, the WF-1000XM3s, let us tell you they're pretty impressive. But one gripe many users have had is the lack of volume controls on the earbuds and the inability to check how much charge the case had left. With a new firmware update, they're no longer issues.
Sony recently dropped its latest offering to the sound gods - the WF-1000XM3 truly wireless noise cancelling headphones. This inner-ear music delivery system is a bold move. It's notoriously difficult to achieve both noise cancellation and great sound quality in non-over-ear headphones. Let's see if Sony managed to deliver.
Sony's little magic buds, the WF-1000XM3s, are getting a long awaited firmware update from November 26. The update now allows users to use Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant as well as adjusting volume controls on the earbuds and checking the case's remaining charge. Aside from that, issues with iOS and Windows 10 connectivity should also be improved.
The only glaring omission I've noticed as someone who's been using the earbuds for a few months is that there still seems to be no fix for the microphone call quality. When I've called people using the headphones in windy areas or while on busy city streets, they've complained to me about how all the background noise seems to be amplified over my voice. Hopefully, a fix is on the cards for the near future.
How do I install those sweet new perks?
To inject those new features straight into your earbuds, open up the Sony | Headphones Connect app and look for the 'The latest headphones software is available' message and tap it. It'll confirm what's featured in the Version 2.0.2 update and then all you've got to do is select 'start'. If you have updates automatically enabled, it should have already installed. Sony says it will take around 30 minutes to update your headphones, despite the tiny 980KB update file.
If you're having any issues with the update, check out Sony's page for troubleshooting problems.
Right now, you can grab them on eBay for $329.82 but look out for Black Friday sales because they're sure to get some generous discounts.
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