Google Pixel Buds 2 Are Official; Will Retail at $179
As confirmed by earlier leaks, the second-generation Google Pixel Buds 2 are now officially live. They will include Google Assistant integration with voice controls and can perform a slew of tasks such as song controls, translation, and more. They are a significant improvement over their predecessors as they lose the cables and can finally be considered as a truly wireless solution. The Pixel Buds can pair with your 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.
Google claims that the Bluetooth headphones can remain connected with your phone up the length of an American football field. They look like they have tiny in-ear hooks and are designed to sit flush in your ear. A vent allows ambient audio in, it also dynamically adapts the volume depending on the noise of your surroundings. Google also claims to use ambient computing that allows the Pixel Buds 2 to adjust its volume to the environment. There's even the option to ask Google Assistant to raise or lower the sound for you, though. Additionally, there's a beam-forming mic for better voice call quality. Google says a built-in accelerometer that can detect speech through jaw vibration. They’re also Sweat and Water-resistant.
However, it lacks one key feature in the form of active noise canceling. Granted that not a lot of wireless earbuds have it, it wouldn't be outlandish to expect it out of Pixel Buds 2, considering that the next AirPods will have it. Google claims that the battery can last up to 5 hours on a single charge and can last up to 24 hours with the included battery case. Pixel Buds 2 will be available in Spring 2020 and will retail at $179 and will be available in black and white, mint green, and coral-like colors.