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Remember those new Google Pixel Buds? They’re finally on the way

You could be forgiven for forgetting that Google announced a new set of Pixel Buds alongside the Pixel 4 smartphone range last summer.

Since Google confirmed the second-generation wireless in-ear buds we’ve heard pretty much nothing about them. Google promised a launch in spring 2020, and is yet to mention the new Pixel Buds since.

However, there may be some light at the end of the tunnel, courtesy of a third-party retailer. Reputable US tech retailer, and authorised Google dealer, B&H Photo is now listing the Pixel Buds as ‘coming soon’ on its website, as spotted by 9to5Google.

There’s no news on a concrete release date, but pre-orders are open and that suggests we may not be far away from the Pixel Buds going on sale.

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So, what can users expect from the new Pixel Buds? Well, as you can guess, there’s heavy influence from the Google Assistant, with hands-free access to the AI tool. There’s real-time language translation for a start.

There’s custom-designed 12mm speaker drivers, offering improved sound, while a set of beam forming microphones and voice accelerometer promising better call quality, even in noisy environments.

Battery life is pegged at five hours per charge, while there’s a total of 24 hours listening available via the wireless charging case. They also promise long-range Bluetooth connectivity, that stretches as far as a football field outdoors.

They’ll be available in Oh So Orange, Quite Mint, Clearly White and Almost Black for $179.99. The UK price is yet to be confirmed.

Google will be hoping for a dramatic improvement on the first-generation Pixel Buds, which earned a paltry 2/5 star rating from Trusted Reviews.

Our reviewer wrote: “The Pixel Buds are an ambitious attempt at high-tech headphones but they’re poorly executed and limited by a need for a Pixel phone if you want to use them to their full potential.”

Google faces plenty of competition with the Galaxy Buds+ and Apple AirPod Pro already in the market, alongside a massive array of options from headphone makers like Sony, Jabra, Bose and others.

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