Google unveiled the newest version of their Pixel Buds at their October hardware event and it looks like they addressed the complaints of the first generation buds from 2017 while adding in some nice new features.
The first thing that Google is touting with these new buds is the “intricate origami” design approach they had to take to fit everything into these buds. According to the tech company, thousands of ears were scanned to create a design that would be as comfortable as possible for as many people as possible. The buds sit almost flush with your ear, but still pack in quite a few features. They offer a five hour battery life off a single charge and have 24 hours of battery life with the case. They can also detect when they are in your ear. Touch controls let you play, pause, or adjust the volume. The buds are truly wireless, and powerfully so. The buds have long-range Bluetooth connection, so they stay connected to your phone even when you’re not. They can stay connected up to three rooms away when you’re inside or up to a football field away when you’re outside. They connect with the Pixel phone and other Android 6.0+ devices with a single tap. They can also pair with Bluetooth 4.0+ laptops, tablets, and iOS devices.
The buds also give you hands-free access to Google Assistant, so you don’t need to use your phone. All you have to do is say, “Hey Google,” and the assistant will be there to help. The design of the buds also allows for environmental sounds to make it through thanks to the vent on the bottom. The ear tips do seal to the ear, however, which helps to emphasize the audio. The buds also use adaptive sound to automatically raise or lower the volume depending on what is going on around you. When you’re on a call, the buds use built-in accelerometers to detect jaw vibration. Plus, they’re sweat and water resistant, so you can wear them while working out.
The Pixel Buds come with an egg-shaped case and will be priced at $179.