Samsung is ripping off Apple’s EarPods for the Galaxy S6

Samsung's EarPods (left) vs. Apple's (right). Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Samsung’s EarPods (left) vs. Apple’s (right). Comparison: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

When Apple’s Greg Joswiak first introduced the EarPods on stage at the iPhone 5 event in 2012, he said they “look unlike any headphone you’ve ever seen before.” Samsung won’t be able to say the same for its new earphones, however, because they are essentially EarPods clones.

It has taken a lot longer than we anticipated, but the South Korean company has finally gotten around to launching an EarPods ripoff of its own, and it’s expected to come bundled with the upcoming Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge.

Samsung’s current smartphone earphones are nothing special; they sport generic designs and a cheap feel, and they don’t sound all that great. They tend to just get left in the box in their little plastic wrapping. But thanks to Apple, its new set could be a lot better.

Comparison: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Comparison: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

They certainly look a lot better than before. They look almost identical to EarPods, but they’re shaped slightly different to extend a little further into the ear canal than Apple’s do. They also have a soft rubber cover that improves grip, and tacky silver accents.

SamMobile reports that Samsung may have worked with Sennheiser to improve the sound quality of these earphones, but they don’t have Sennheiser branding on them. Perhaps the company will tell us more about the rumored partnership during its Unpacked event on March 1.

Of course, there is a possibility these are fake, and that Samsung earphones won’t change for the Galaxy S6. But sources began first promising an EarPods clone from Samsung around two months ago, so we have been expecting them.