Surprise! Six months after they were first announced, Google's new Pixel Buds are now available.
You can now buy the new Google Pixel Buds for $179. The true wireless earbuds are currently only available in Clearly White, but Google says it'll add Almost Black, Quite Mint, and Oh So Orange color options in the coming months.
The new Pixel Buds offer up to 5 hours of listening on a single charge, and when combined with the charging case, Google says you can get up to 24 hours of listening time. Google touts that you can get 2 hours of listening time with a 10-minute charge if you need more battery life in a hurry.
The charging case for the new Pixel Buds supports Qi wireless charging and can also be charged over USB-C.
When it comes to special features, the Pixel Buds include Adaptive Sound can automatically adjust your volume based on the noise around you. This change is temporary and your volume will go back to normal after the new noise dissipates.
Also included is Google Translate that supports real-time translations with conversation mode. With it, you can get real-time translations in your ear. Google Assistant is included, too, so you can use the "Hey Google" hotword to control your playback and volume, hear notifications, reply to texts, and more.
When you're using the Pixel Buds for a call, the Pixel Buds will help keep things clear using beamforming microphones and a special sensor that detects when your jaw is moving.
Finally, the new Pixel Buds feature IPX4 sweat and water resistance, meaning they can be your new workout buddy.
Google's original Pixel Buds had a wire connecting the two earbuds, so it's good to see the new Pixel Buds go truly wireless. The design of these new 'buds is pretty nice, appearing just as a small circle that sits in your ear rather than sticking out of your ear, and the inclusion of IPX4 water resistance is great so people can exercise with them. The lack of active noise cancellation is a bit disappointing, but these new Pixel Buds are also considerably cheaper than something like the AirPods Pro that do have ANC.
Now that they're here, are you going to buy the new Pixel Buds?