Skullcandy banks on hands-free voice management for its new earbuds and headphones

Skullcandy banks on hands-free voice control for its new earbuds and headphones

The brand new Skullcandy Grind Gasoline.

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With so many new wi-fi earbuds and headphones being launched on what appears seemingly a weekly foundation, it isn’t straightforward for corporations to distinguish their merchandise within the market. Skullcandy hopes its new voice-driven platform, Cranium-iQ Good Function Know-how, will just do that. Much like the Apple AirPods’ “Hey Siri” function, Skullcandy’s model means that you can say “Hey, Skullcandy” to situation hands-free voice instructions with out touching a button. Cranium-iQ debuts on the Grind Gasoline ($100, which converts to roughly £70 or AU$130) and Push Energetic ($80) true-wireless earbuds, which shall be firmware updatable through the Skullcandy App. The brand new earbuds can be found now.

I attempted out the brand new buds and the voice instructions work easily with little delay. The variety of instructions you possibly can situation is restricted and targeted on music playback, accepting and rejecting calls and toggling on the earbuds’ Keep-Conscious transparency mode. One of many key variations over the AirPods hands-free Siri is the power to entry Spotify by merely saying “Hey Skullcandy, Spotify.” The AirPods do not have voice-activated Spotify Faucet entry.

Extra earbuds will achieve hands-free voice management within the close to future, however Skullcandy is the primary to supply it at this modest value. The Utah-based firm has at all times appealed to youthful and extra “energetic” individuals: It hopes the voice options shall be a success with people who do sports activities like snowboarding, mountain biking and skateboarding, and who’ll respect having hands-free management. 

Each the Grind Gasoline and Push Energetic True earbuds are outfitted with Bluetooth 5.2, are IP55 splashproof and have built-in Tile Discovering Know-how. The Grind Gasoline is rated for as much as 9 hours of battery life at average quantity ranges and its case prices wirelessly. The Push Energetic True is rated for as much as 10 hours of battery life on a single cost at average quantity ranges. 


The Push Energetic are $80.

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In all, I used to be extra impressed with the brand new options than I anticipated to be (Skullcandy says further options and new voice-command choices shall be added through firmware updates). I am much less of an ear-hook man and like the design of the Grind Gasoline, which delivers first rate sound for the cash and looks like a superb worth at $100. At $80, the Push Energetic True is a extra reasonably priced different to the Beats Powerbeats Professional.

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