The new Pixel Buds are Google’s first true wireless earphones
The Google Pixel Buds are now on sale in the US
The earphones were announced in October 2019
You get hands-free access to Google Assistant
Google Pixel Buds are finally ready to hit the market in the US, marking Google's entry into the true wireless earphones segment. After the runaway success of the Apple AirPods range of true wireless earphones, the segment has seen many entrants, from well known audio brands like Bose and Sennheiser, to small companies you've never heard of. Google announced its own product in the true wireless segment back in October 2019 — the new Google Pixel Buds. After months of being in development even after the announcement, the new Google Pixel Buds have finally gone on sale in the US, priced at $179 (approximately Rs. 13,700). The new true wireless earphones are available in only a single colour option for now — Clearly White.
A key feature of the new Google Pixel Buds is hands-free access to Google Assistant. Like on smart speakers, the Google Pixel Buds have always-on microphones that are listening for the wake commands - usually ‘OK Google' or ‘Hey Google' - to control music, get information, reply to messages, or hear notifications. The earphones also boast of fast pairing, better performance on calls, adaptive sound, and real-time language translation, among other features.
For now, the new Google Pixel Buds are only available in the US through select online and offline retailers. Google has stated that the product will be launched in a few more countries, but India isn't on this list. The company's hardware products haven't seen much success in India, with Google announcing soon after the launch that the Pixel 4 series won't be available in India.
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Ali Pardiwala writes about audio and video devices for Gadgets 360 out of Mumbai, and has covered the industry for a decade now. Ali is a Senior Reviewer for Gadgets 360, where he has regularly written about televisions, home entertainment, and mobile gaming as well. He is a firm believer in 4K and HDR on televisions, and believes that true wireless earphones are the future of the personal audio industry. Ali is available on Twitter as @AliusPardius and on email at firstname.lastname@example.org, so do send in