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Nothing Intros Black Ear (2) and Noise Cancellation to Ear (Stick)

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Ahead of the Nothing Phone (2) announcement on July 11, the UK-based startup is introducing a black edition for the Ear (2). At the same time, they are also rolling out important software updates to its wireless headphones lineups that add noise cancellation feature to the Ear (Stick)

It was earlier leaked by WinFuture's Roland Quandt the existence and pictures of the black Nothing Ear (2) buds. So, it gives little surprises when Nothing finally unveiled the 2nd gen transparent Ear (review) in its new paint job today.

Nothing is boosting the Ear (2)

In addition to the new hue for its flagship ANC-powered buds, Nothing is releasing a new Nothing X firmware with version for the model. The update primarily refreshes the settings and improves the advanced equalizer section by presenting an advanced 8-band equalizer and EQ curve for users to customize.

Nothing Ear (2)
Nothing's Ear (2) with the charging case in black color. / © Nothing

Furthermore, Nothing is now allowing shareable equalizer profiles, which a user can share by generating a QR code. The software update together with these features is also available for the Nothing Ear (Stick) that our colleague Benjamin reviewed last year.

Other Ear (2) improvements that were mentioned in the release notes include adjusted volume levels of prompts, optimized battery life when simultaneously using the LHDC 5.0 codec and Personal Sound Profile, and better Bluetooth connection, among others.

Nothing Ear (2) wireless earbuds
Nothing Ear (2) earbuds in black color. / © Nothing

Activation of noise cancellation for the Ear (Stick)

Exclusive for the Ear (Stick) in version, Nothing incorporates a noise reduction function. This is a custom noise-canceling mode that the company built for the Ear (stick) rather than a standalone ANC. It also explains that the noise-blocking performance is only modest and not comparable to what can you get from premium in-ears.

More importantly, Nothing said that activating the feature on the Ear (Stick) could greatly reduce the battery life of the buds. It added that users can downgrade and go back to the older build using the Nothing X mobile app for Android phones and iPhones if they wish to do so.

If you want to check whether the update is already available, connect your earphones to your handset and open the app. Subsequently, head to the Device Settings > Firmware update.

Are you a Nothing user? Have you already updated your Nothing earbuds? Tell us your experiences in the comments.

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I still remember how amazed I was when I first got hold of the Nokia 3210 back when I was a kid, and it was during that time I developed my love for technology, particularly for mobile phones. I started sharing my knowledge through writing in different blogs and forums back in Nokia Nseries era. I even make videos before where I put different phones side-by-side. Today, I'm still an avid enthusiast of smartphones, but my interests have evolved into smart devices and electric vehicles.

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  • nothing_user_1 2 months ago Link to comment

    I installed the new Ear Stick firmware and tested out the noise reduction feature. I've tried it and see NO change in noise levels in my home office. Neither a reduction in background noise (tried a fan at various levels), nor audio coming from my computer. Not saying it doesn't work, but so far I haven't been able to tell. And since I've only had my firmware updated for 15 minutes, I can't tell yet how much it affects battery life, but I plan to keep it on today (and probably toggle it a bunch for testing) to see if I can tell any difference.

    • nothing_user_1 2 months ago Link to comment

      After about 4 hours, it ate up about 70% of my battery. So 10-20% more than I would without that mode turned on. Still didn't notice any difference using it thru the morning.