Microsoft’s Surface team is reportedly making an AirPods competitor

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Wireless earbuds have grown exponentially since the arrival of Apple AirPods, and it now appears Microsoft is preparing to join the action. Sams writes the earbuds are codenamed "Morrison" - likely after Jim Morrison of the Doors - citing "multiple sources who are familiar with the company's plans". Microsoft products to come with Qualcomm processor In another news, it was recently reported that Microsoft is testing Qualcomm Snapdragon processor for its devices.

Apple went to great lengths to make its AirPods wireless Bluetooth earbuds stand out, building their own wireless chips allowing seamless syncing with Apple products.

The earphones would potentially be branded as Surface Buds, following the Surface headphones (shown above) that released previous year.

Why the codename "Morrison"?

Apparently, Microsoft wants to cover the two "major categories" of headphones: over-ear and in-ear.

Although the Surface headphones, came to the market with clever controls and good connectivity, they failed to make an impact with sound quality or price.

However, as Fast Company pointed out, Microsoft no longer considers Cortana to be a rival to Amazon's Alexa, Apple's Siri or Google's Assistant, so this wouldn't give the firm that much of a competitive advantage.

The earbuds, which are now in development, are code-named Morrison but could be called "Surface Buds" when they launch for consumers.

Microsoft has not confirmed the report and as such, there is no timetable for the earbuds release.

Microsoft's just one of many company's jumping on the "true wireless" train. According to Sams, a 2019 release date for the Surface Buds (not the official retail name yet) is "plausible", but we'll have to wait and see.

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