The wait for the wireless Pixel Buds finally comes to an end, with the certification of Wireless Power Consumption in hand. Google announced its Pixel Buds 2 true wireless earbuds in New York City on October 15, alongside the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, Pixelbook Go, Nest Wi-Fi, and Nest Mini. Even though Google has officially cancelled its annual Google Input-Output (I/O) conference, which was scheduled for May 12-14, it is likely that Google will find a way to communicate all of its planned announcements through other means. It is broadly expected that the official release of the Pixel Buds 2 which are officially named “Pixel Buds” will be among those announcements. A recently spotted wireless charging certification document for the Pixel Buds 2 suggests that the new true wireless earbuds are indeed very close to being ready for their retail debut.
Right off the bat, the Pixel Buds 2 is leaps and bounds ahead of the original Pixel Buds, which debuted back in October 2017. Google went back to the drawing board and came up with a new design scrapping the frustrating wires that hitched the two Buds together on the inaugural model, while also introducing a slimmer, more discreet body that sits flush with the ear. But that’s just scraping the surface. The bulk of the changes Google made took place under the hood. The most notable of which is the omission of the need to tap the Pixel Buds whenever you want to interact with Google Assistant. Now, everything is handled using your voice. Just say “OK, Google” and Assistant will fire up, ready and waiting to take your command. While Google didn’t dive too deep into the various tasks Assistant can complete through the Pixel Buds 2, it did note that the fantastic Translate feature that debuted on the Pixel Buds has been carried over using the built-in microphones to translate a foreign language in real time. Assistant should be able to stream music, search Google, and send messages as well.
Notably, Google has decked the Pixel Buds 2 out with long-range Bluetooth that can span the distance of an entire football field. This means you can leave your shiny new Google Pixel 4 in the locker at the gym and still listen to your favourite tunes while you’re working out, eliminating the discomfort of having a huge slab of glass and metal digging into you while pumping iron.