Pixel Buds Are Google’s Answer To AirPods

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Pixel Buds from Google

Dieter Bohn at The Verge:

Google is making wireless headphones that are specifically designed to be the first and best option for people who buy Google phones — just like AirPods are designed for iPhones.

A couple quick thoughts from me:

  • Obviously these are corded wireless earbuds, but are not truly wireless like AirPods.
  • One of the things I really like about AirPods is being able to wear just one. This kind of corded design makes it really difficult to do that without hurting your ear.
  • Aesthetically, these remind me a lot of the i.am+ Buttons, but less blingy. Not a bad thing. If you don’t like the stem on the AirPods, perhaps you prefer this.
  • The touch controls are only on the right earbud. That’s kind of weird.
  • They don’t turn off automatically when they’re not in your ear. AirPods do.
  • These are the first earbuds I’ve seen that use a corded loop to secure it inside your ear. I hope that works!
  • The carrying case looks nowhere near as small as AirPods. I doubt they are pocketable in jeans. Wrapping the cord inside the case looks fiddly.
  • I think it’s a good idea that Google is doing simplified pairing to your device. That’s table stakes now.
  • Their headline feature ‘real time translation experience’ is mighty impressive. You can see a demo of it here in The Verge’s event supercut. Very cool, futuristic application of Google’s AI chops. How often would I use it? Not often, but it would be really cool if you need it.
  • These are priced at AU$249 vs. AirPods at AU$229.

If I was an Android user and needed a new pair of earbuds, I’d be taking a long hard look at these. However, as a current iPhone user, I’m still very happy with AirPods. They’re not perfect either, but they get a lot right.

Source: Up close with Pixel Buds, Google’s answer to AirPods – The Verge

1 comment

  1. My first reaction to this news was ‘Did Google really release wireless headphones that are more expensive than AirPods, but still have a cable connecting each bud?’

    For the extra bulk and cable you get fancy translation stuff, but to quote Google’s Australian blog: “Say you’re on a trip to Melbourne’s Little Italy, and you want to order your pasta like a pro. All you have to do is hold down on the right earbud and say, “Help me speak Italian.” As you talk, your Pixel phone’s speaker will play the translation in Italian out loud. When the waiter responds in Italian, you’ll hear the translation through your Pixel Buds.”

    Ick.

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