Google had a lot of announcements during their annual hardware launch, but perhaps the most interesting (aside from the Pixel 2, of course) from were the Pixel Buds. These are not your ordinary wireless earphones, because they have something unique to offer that feels like it’s taken from the future.
These new Pixel Buds are Google’s first wireless earbuds (connected by a fabric loop), which further expands their hardware portfolio under the Made by Google mantra.
Like most wireless earbuds, the Pixels Buds feature gesture controls including swipes and touches to switch songs, adjust volume, and answer phone calls on the go. Since this is a Google product, it has Google Assistant built in for asking directions, setting reminders, searching for music and reading out messages.
Aside from the usual set of features that you can do with any Google Assistant-enabled device, the Pixel Buds can translate between 40 languages in real time when it’s paired with the Google Translate app on your Pixel. You can now speak in many languages when traveling — perfect for when you wish to order in a foreign restaurant.
Like Apple’s AirPods or Samsung’s Gear IconX, the Pixel Buds come with a charging case (also wrapped in fabric). The case has a 620mAh battery, which should provide up to 24 hours of listening time and charges through USB-C. It’s also pretty easy to pair with what’s called the “Fast Pair” feature. Just open the case near an Android phone and it’ll automatically detect and prompt you to connect.
The Google Pixel Buds are priced at US$ 159 and come in three colors — Just Black, Clearly White, and Kinda Blue — which all complement the new Pixel 2 phones. They are already up for pre-order in the US and will also come to Canada, UK, Germany, Australia, and Singapore in November.