large image

Trusted Reviews is supported by its audience. If you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

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.

Related: Best Headphones

Have you been patientily waiting for Google to introduce support for custom gesture controls and in-ear detection? Be sure to let us know over on Facebook or Twitter @TrustedReviews. 

Why trust our journalism?

Founded in 2004, Trusted Reviews exists to give our readers thorough, unbiased and independent advice on what to buy.

Today, we have millions of users a month from around the world, and assess more than 1,000 products a year.

author icon

Editorial independence

Editorial independence means being able to give an unbiased verdict about a product or company, with the avoidance of conflicts of interest. To ensure this is possible, every member of the editorial staff follows a clear code of conduct.

author icon

Professional conduct

We also expect our journalists to follow clear ethical standards in their work. Our staff members must strive for honesty and accuracy in everything they do. We follow the IPSO Editors’ code of practice to underpin these standards.