What you need to know
- The Surface Audio app is now available on Android, iOS, and Windows 10.
- The app is a companion to Surface Headphones 2 and Surface Earbuds, allowing you to manage each.
- Surface Headphones 2 and Surface Earbuds ship on May 12 and are available to preorder now.
Microsoft's new Surface Headphones 2 and Surface Earbuds start shipping to buyers and arriving in stores on May 12, and Microsoft is preparing by launching the new Surface Audio companion app. The app is available now for iOS, Android, and Windows 10, giving Surface Headphones and Earbuds users a quick way to manage the accessories, update them, and more.
The apps ensure you can adjust the settings of your Surface Headphones or Surface Earbuds no matter what you have them paired to. In each, you'll find access to an equalizer, the option to customize device controls, and the ability to change your language. The Surface Audio app is also where you'll initiate firmware updates when they're available.
The main home screen of the app also gives you a quick overview of the status of your Surface Headphones or Surface Earbuds. You can see the battery level, along with how much time you have left before the battery dies. That's in addition to the volume level, along with the noise cancellation level.
Lastly, you can edit the name of your headphones or earbuds, access tutorials, and dive deeper into details about your devices.
Surface Headphones 2 and Surface Earbuds are available to preorder now for $250 and $200, respectively. Both are expected to start shipping on May 12. You can download the Surface Audio app at the App Store, Google Play, and Microsoft Store now.
Thanks, Kris, for the tip!
Surface Headphones 2
Back in black
Microsoft's Surface Headphones are back, and they're available in black. The Surface Headphones 2 also bring Bluetooth 5, up to 20 hours of battery life, aptX support, and more.
Microsoft's super smart earbuds
Now at a lower price, the Surface Earbuds will undoubtedly turn some heads when you're out wearing them, but you'll be able to make use of gesture support on your PC, iPhone, or Android smartphone.
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Has anyone found support for the Invoke with this app?
I believe the Invoke support had been discontinued before this app came out. In other words, don't think it'll have an option to setup your invoke or the like. Totally sucks, but it is what it is. hopefully they do eventually.
Edit: So I downloaded the app just in case, and it only has two options, Surface Headphones, and Surface Earbuds, alas it was not meant to be *le sigh*
No Invoke support is not discontinued. The Cortana app on IOS or Android works with the Invoke. There's also an app for Windows 10.
Not with that app. But you can always use the Cortana Device Setup app on Windows 10 or the Cortana app on Android.
I'm surprised that it's UWP 😁 MS did f*ck up sooo many apps that were fine UWPs...
Relatively simple apps like these are almost always UWP these days. Besides, they are preparing for 10X. No point writing apps that don't simply work on 10X without any issues.
Happy it works with first gen headphones too. Nothing new, and nothing I couldn't do with the Cortana app (both on iOS and windows) but the icon looks good :)
You know what will go nice with those swanky new headphones, some music to groove to.... 😶😋
Any word on the firmware update for Surface Headphone 1 that will allow office integration or Spotify launch?
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