Samsung is reportedly launching a new firmware update for the Gear IconX (2018) wireless earbuds, bringing along improved stability to the Bluetooth capabilities of the device. The update is marked as the firmware version R140XXUAQJ2 and is rolling out today to units in presumably all markets where the earbuds are available. Owners can either wait for the update to be distributed automatically to the earbuds over a Wi-Fi network or check if the new firmware update is ready for manual download by navigating to the "Settings" section of the Samsung Gear app on a connected smartphone.
The Samsung Gear IconX (2018) is the second pair of wireless earbuds developed by the Korean company following the 2017 model and features an improved and lightweight design, as well as higher battery life. The 2018 earbuds were officially introduced in August and released late last week following a pre-order period, meaning that the firmware update at hand arrives only a few days after the product's market debut. The Samsung Gear IconX (2018) relies on Bluetooth 4.2 and so far there haven't been any reports of poor connectivity with compatible devices, but any improvements that can be distributed over the air will likely be welcomed by recent buyers. The firmware weighs a little under 1MB and the changelog contains no other information regarding its contents.
Samsung's new wireless earbuds can not only be used for music playback but also for fitness activities, being equipped with an accelerometer and heart rate monitor, both of which collect fitness-related data which is then synced with the Samsung S Health Android app. Each earbud relies on an 82mAh battery rated for up to six hours of music playback, and as an added bonus, the carrying case comes with its own included 340mAh battery that further extends the headphones' autonomy. The Samsung Gear IconX (2018) is resistant to sweat and water splashes, and has a dedicated Running Coach as well as Bixby access, making it an ideal choice for Samsung enthusiasts who frequent the gym. The product was released recently in the United States via the company's retail partners for the price of $199.99, and prospective buyers can acquire the earbuds in one of three color choices – black, gray, and pink.