11 May 2020
Google announced second-gen Pixel Buds truly wireless earbuds back in October at the event where it launched the new Pixel phones. But the earbuds were not made available immediately and a timeline was set for 2020. Now, the Pixel Buds are finally available for purchase in the US and they will come to more countries as well in the "coming months."
The price of the new Pixel Buds is $179 and you can buy it through the Google Store, Walmart, Best Buy, and at US carriers as well – AT&T, U.S. Cellular, T-Mobile, and Verizon. The Pixel Buds are currently available only in Clearly White color option, but the other three color variants – Oh So Orange, Quite Mint, and Almost Black will be available “in the coming months.” Note that all these color variants have the common white-colored charging case.
Pixel Buds were slated to launch in 2020, however, the exact timeframe was unknown. But thanks to its appearance time to time at some of the notable places made us believe that the launch day is not too far. In January, it was spotted at Bluetooth SIG that indicated it will launch soon. Also, earlier this month they were found listed for pre-orders. And just yesterday, the supported app was also spotted.
While announcing the availability of the Pixel Buds, Google mentioned that the company has focused on improving the Fast Pair so that the accessory gets connected to your phone easily. According to Google, the all-new Pixel Buds comes with a special sensor that takes care of providing you clear sounds even in noisy and windy environments. Furthermore, Adaptive Sound adjusts the volume that suits your environment. According to Frank Li, UX Engineer, the Adaptive Sound is just like the auto-brightness on your phone screen that calibrates itself. “It momentarily adjusts the world around you to make the experience of using your device a little simpler.”
One of the biggest additions to all-new Pixel Buds is hands-free access to Google Assistant. You can just start with “Hey Google” to send messages, get directions, or play your workout playlist, all hands‑free. Google claims you can also use Pixel Buds for real-time translation during conversations as well.
Also, Pixel Buds comes with Find My Device support so in any case, if an earbud falls out when you’re walking or running, Find My Device option will look for it for you. The feature will ring your earbuds from your phone. You can ring one earbud at a time to focus on finding either the left or the right one. And, the moment you touch lost earbud, the ringing will stop. Download the compatible app to see all such supported features on your phone. With the help of the app, you can also modify Google Assistant controls and preferences, turning in-ear detection on or off.
Google promises that Pixel Buds will get better over time with new features just like the Pixel phones and other Google devices.
Google Pixel Buds app | Android | Play Store, Free