Google has announced the new Pixel Buds true wireless earbuds at the Made by Google event in New York
Google has provided a sneak peak of the Pixel Buds 2 – or new Pixel Buds – at its Made by Google event, and this time they’re a truly wireless pair of earbuds. They’ll launch next year in early 2020. No UK price has been announced yet.
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With the new Pixel Buds, Google is aiming to make tasks easier and faster to do, with even quicker access to its Google Assistant. They’re small, circular shape and appear to sit (almost) flush against the year.
That’s intended to help create better noise isolation (a notable issue with the originals), with this hybrid design including a little spatial vent on the bottom that allows for environmental sounds to peer through, so you can listen to your music but also be able to sense what’s around you. The inclusion of adaptive sound means that the volume dynamically adjusts depending on the environment you’re in, so, Google claims, there’s no need to raise and lower the volume as you go about your day.
Two mics in each earbud allows for “clear calls”, integrating a voice accelerometer that detects speech through your jawbones and adjusts the audio quality so you can be heard even when it’s a windy day. Touch controls offer access to playback and volume (through swipes), with easy pairing to Bluetooth 4.0 products and pairing to Pixel 4 and Android 6.0+ compatible devices via a single tap.
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In our original Pixel Buds review we felt that the battery life was excellent. With the new Pixel Buds, battery life remains at five hours with the charging case able to deliver up to 24 hours of extra battery life.
Google Translation returns, offering the ability to translate foreign languages on the go. Other features better wireless connectivity, with the Pixel Buds capable of maintaining a connection even when the earbuds are far away from the device.
Google claimed that the Pixel Buds stay connection from three rooms away, and can stated that they can even stay connected across the length of an entire football field. As always, we’ll wait and see if Google can deliver on its towering claims.
The original Pixel Buds cost £159 when they (eventually) launched in the UK but only revealed the the US price at the event. They’ll retail for $179, which works out to £140 in pounds. That would fit into our expectations pre-event, as it sits between the new Apple AirPods (2019), but above Amazon’s Echo Buds (£120) and less than we’d expect Microsoft’s Surface Earbuds to be.
Again, you’ll have to wait quite a while to get a hold of the new Pixel Buds. While a firm release date hasn’t been announced, a loose one of early 2020 has been announced. They’ll also come in four finishes (Clearly White, Oh So Orange, Quite Mint and Almost Black). You can sign up to the waitlist to be notified about when the Pixel Buds will be available, but the webpage has gone down. Whoops.