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Pixel Buds 2 – what we know about Google’s new wireless earbuds

According to new reports Google’s Pixel Buds 2 true wireless earbuds could launch very soon…

However, we haven’t seen much from the Pixel Buds 2 – or new Pixel Buds – since their unveiling. They are due to launch early in 2020, but no specific release date has been announced yet, nor has a price emerged. A recent FCC listing, as well as an appearance on Taiwan’s NCC database suggests they’re not far from launch.

Google Pixel Buds 2 — design and features

Google intends to make tasks easier and faster to do with the Pixel Buds 2, with even quicker access to its Google Assistant.

In terms of design, the wireless earbuds are small and circular in shape, appearing to sit (almost) flush against the ear. This feature is intended to help create better noise isolation – something the originals were poor at doing.

Touch controls offer access to playback and volume (through swipes), with easy pairing to Bluetooth 4.0 products as well as pairing to Pixel 4 and Android 6.0+ compatible devices via a single tap.

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The original Pixel Buds had excellent battery life was excellent. The new Pixel Buds battery levels remains the same at five hours, with the case delivering up to 24 hours. There have been reports that the Pixel Buds 2 will come with a wireless charging case.

If you’re an active person, the new Pixel Buds have sweat and water resistance. To what level Google hasn’t revealed as of yet.

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.

Google Pixel Buds 2 — How will they sound?

Google hasn’t detailed much about the new Pixel Buds sound quality. We do know they have custom designed 12mm dynamic drivers, which are rather big for a wireless earbud and Google says they’ll assist in producing high-quality audio.

As we touched on previously they’ve made design changes to the earbuds for better noise isolation, so you can actually listen to your music in noisy areas.

This is all to do with what Google terms as its hybrid design, which sounds like an attempt at passive ambient sound. Essentially there’s a little spatial vent on the bottom of the earbud that allows environmental sounds through, so you can listen to your music but keep track of  what’s around you.

The Pixel also has adaptive sound, allowing the volume to dynamically adjust itself depending on the listener’s environment. As a result, Google says there’s no need to raise and lower the volume.

There are two mics in each earbud for clearer call quality, as well as integrating a voice accelerometer that detects speech through your jawbones and adjusts the audio quality so you can be heard on a windy day.

Compared to the first gen Apple AirPods, the original Pixel Buds had a more detailed sound and richer bass. True wireless earbuds have come on a long way since then, with the likes of Apple, Sony and Sennheiser raising the bar.

We’re not expecting premium sound quality, but even cheaper wireless earbuds such as the Lypertek Tevi and Cambridge Melomania 1 boast excellent audio. That’s the bar the Pixel Buds must reach if they want to be considered among the cream of the crop in audio terms.

Google Pixel Buds 2 — How much will they cost?

Google has only announced the US price so far at $179, which works out to £140. When the original Pixel Buds eventually went on sale, they cost £159 .

A similar price would them sit between as it sits between the new Apple AirPods (2019), but above Amazon’s Echo Buds (£120).

Google Pixel Buds 2 — release date

After the FCC listing we’re expecting the Pixel Buds will be available sooner rather than later, perhaps even as early as April. Of course Coronavirus concerns may cause an issue, but many companies are still pressing ahead with launches.

You can sign up to the waitlist to be notified about when the Pixel Buds will be available.

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