Galaxy Buds Live gain Auto Switch feature, but you probably can't use it yet
Samsung's true wireless earbuds from 2020 have also gained support for a new “hearing aid” feature.
While launching the Galaxy Buds Pro, Samsung announced that it would ship with a handy multipoint-like feature that would allow the earbuds to quickly switch between devices based on the kind of activity. The company later announced that this auto-switch feature would soon come to other devices running One UI 3.1, and the Galaxy Buds Live is now receiving a firmware update to support the feature.
The Auto Switch feature allows the media on one Galaxy device to move when you switch to another device. So if you're watching a movie on Netflix on your Galaxy Tab, but get a call on your Galaxy S20 Plus, the Galaxy Buds Live will quickly switch to the phone and then switch back to the Tab once your call disconnects.
The feature is rolling out as part of the R180XXU0AUB5 firmware update which weighs in at 2.20 MB and is now rolling out to Galaxy Buds Live owners around the world. A Reddit user recently shared a screenshot of the update on the Galaxy Buds subreddit, which also mentions another feature - “hearing aid”. This likely refers to a hearing improvement feature that was previously announced that will allow users to amplify sounds around them.
We covered the unique audio improvements from the Galaxy S21 series coming to Galaxy devices with the Android 11 based One UI 3.1 update, but its important to keep a couple of things in mind. The Auto Switch feature will only work two or more Samsung devices, so you'll need at least two devices running One UI 3.1 for this feature to work properly.
Users who own Galaxy Buds Live earbuds can update their devices (if eligible) to One UI 3.1 and then make sure their Samsung account is signed into on both devices - that's how the Galaxy Buds Live will know how to jump between your devices. The update for the firmware can be performed from the Galaxy Wearable app and should already be rolling out to most users.