At its Pixel 4 event today, Google unveiled its second generation Pixel Buds. Google's outdated earbuds will include hands-free access to Google Assistant as well as the ability to make calls, answer texts, use Google Translate and more ̵1; all in a neat wireless design.
Along with updated Pixel Buds, Google announced Pixel 4 and 4 XL phones, a new Pixelbook Go Chromebook and Google Nest Home Mini.
Google's upcoming Pixel Buds will enter a crowded earbud market when they ship in the spring and connect toand and next year. Here's everything we know about Google's new Pixel buttons, from how much they will cost to when you can get them.
What are Google's new Pixel buttons?
The new Pixel buds are Google's second shot of wireless earbuds – coming two years after the company's first-generation Pixel buds – and promises to address some of the concerns surrounding the initial Pixel buds, including Bluetooth pairing.
Like the first generation, these buds come with built-in Google Assistant, which you can now use by saying "Hello Google." Unlike the first generation, these buds are really cordless, and the two ear pieces are not tied together.
What can they do?
In addition to being wireless earbuds, Google said that second-generation Pixel Buds give you hands-free access to Google Assistant when paired with a device running Android 6.0 or later (Google is now on Android 10). Via the assistant you can send a text message, ask for directions or even get translation help. With a touch you can play, pause and volume. Pairing Google Pixel buttons with an iOS device works like regular Bluetooth earbuds without Google Assistant.
How are the speakers?
Google said the new knobs come with ear tips to create a seal to block out sounds and customizable sounds that dynamically adjust the volume as you move through quiet and noisy places.
And when you call, Google said, two microphones in each earmuff will focus on your voice and turn off background noise and can even compensate for wind and other environmental noise.
How do I connect my phone to Pixel Buds?
Google said that Pixel Buds will be paired with Pixel phones and other devices running Android 6.0 and later with a single push. You will also be able to pair with other Bluetooth 4.0+ phones, laptops and tablets. Google said the knobs will stay connected to your phone three rooms away indoors or 100 feet away outdoors.
What are the color options?
In accordance with Google's latest color descriptions, the Pixel buttons will come in clear white, Oh So orange, pretty coin and almost black.
The new Pixel Buds offer five hours of continuous charging at full charge, or 24 hours when using a wireless charging case, roughly the same as Google's first-generation buttons and Apple's AirPods.
Are they water resistant?
They are "sweaty and water resistant," Google said.
When you can buy them
Spring 2020, according to Google, although we do not have an exact date. Come back here because we keep this updated as we learn new information. You can currently join the waiting list to be notified when available.
How much will they cost?
They'll cost $ 179 – a little more than $ 159 for the first generation Pixel Buds and the latest Apple AirPods with a charging case – but less than Microsoft's upcoming Surface Earbuds for $ 249.
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