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Google’s Pixel Buds could soon pick up the feature we’ve all been waiting for

Google is working on a software update for its Pixel Buds earphones – aka its AirPods competitor – that’s set to bundle a number of enhancements, including customisable gesture controls, according to a new report.

9to5Google spotted a reference to a new feature that will allow you to create a custom command (the option to skip a song is highlighted as an example) that’s executed when the right Pixel Bud is double tapped in the latest beta version of the Google App.

<string name=”bisto_device_double_tap_dialog_title”>Customize Double Tap</string>

<string name=”bisto_device_double_tap_next_mode”>Next track</string>

In addition, Big G is working on an in-ear detection mode that will power down the Pixel Buds as soon as the right Bud is removed from your ear – and vice versa. Tripple tapping the right Bud will also act as a manual toggle to turn off both Buds.

<string name=”smart_detection_apollo_message”>To put the Pixel Buds in sleep mode and automatically pause music, take the right earbud out of your ear. To wake them, place the right earbud back in your ear.

<string name=”smart_detection_screen_title”>In-ear Detection</string>

There’s no word on when the new features will arrive for the Pixel Buds. All we know is that Google is actively toying with them behind the scenes, though there’s a chance they could be scrapped ahead of their planned release – so best not get too excited.

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