Sony recently released a firmware update for its WF-1000XM3 noise-canceling earbuds. The update finally brings volume control directly to the earbuds, instead of controlling it from the phone or through Siri and Google Assistant.
While we haven’t personally tested the feature, one owner of the earbuds says that users will have to choose between adjusting the volume or easy access to noise-cancellation. The implementation makes sense from a specific standpoint; like most earbuds, volume control requires both earbuds, with one side each either decreasing or increasing the volume level.
Additionally, the update also lets you see the battery level for the WF-1000XM3’s battery case; a feature that the casing could have clearly used. Oh, and if you’re still not sold to Siri and Google Assistant, the update also brings support for Amazon’s Alexa.
For owners of the Sony WF-1000XM3, installing the new firmware is pretty straightforward. You’ll need to open up the Sony Headphones Connect app and ensure that the earbuds are connected to your phone. Sony says that the update will take approximately 30 minutes to complete, both on iOS and Android OS.