Pixel Buds

Summary

Pixel Buds
Pixel Buds in charging case with product box.jpg
First generation Pixel Buds
DeveloperGoogle
ManufacturerGoertek
Product familyPixel
TypeWireless earbuds
Release date
First generation:
November 2017

Second generation:

April 2020

Pixel Buds A-Series:

June 2021
InputMicrophone, accelerometer, capacitive touchpad[1]
Connectivity
Current firmware552 (September 2020)
Dimensions
  • Earbuds
  • 0.8 x 0.8 x 0.8 in
  • (20.4 x 20.4 x 20.5 mm)
  • Charging Case
  • 2.6 x 2.6 x 1.1 in
  • (66.2 x 65.5 x 28.6 mm)[1]
Mass
  • Earbuds
  • 0.49 ounces (14 g)
  • Charging Case
  • 1.5 ounces (43 g)[1]
WebsiteGoogle Store

The Pixel Buds are a line of wireless earbuds developed and marketed by Google. The first generation of the Pixel Buds were launched on October 4, 2017 at Google's Made By Google launch event and were available for preorder on the Google Store the same day.[1][2] They have the Google Assistant built-in and support Google Translate.

The second generation of the Pixel Buds were announced at the Pixel 4 hardware event on October 15, 2019. They were released on April 27, 2020 and debuted to positive reviews.[3][4][5]

In June 2021, Google announced the Pixel Buds A-Series, a new mid-range variant of the Pixel Buds.[6] They were released on June 17, 2021.[7]

First generation

Features

The distinguishing feature of Pixel Buds is their inclusion of the Google Assistant, a smart voice assistant. This allows the earbuds to translate conversations in real-time, among other standard features such as web search and media connectivity.[8][9][10] It supports translation of 40 different languages.[10]

Criticism

Reception of the Pixel Buds was mostly negative, with much of the criticism being aimed towards its seemingly bad case design.[11][12][13] Recent sources announced, "Google Translate is available on all Assistant-optimized headphones and Android phones."[14]

Second generation

The second generation Pixel Buds were first announced at a Google hardware event on October 15, 2019 and released in the United States in April 2020. They were released in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Singapore, Spain, and the United Kingdom in July 2020.[15] Initially, only the Clearly White color model was released with the other three color models, Oh So Orange, Quite Mint, and Almost Black, released four months later in the United States on August 20, 2020.[16][17][18]

A-Series

The Pixel Buds A-Series (a mid-range version of the second-generation Pixel Buds) were announced on June 3, 2021 on a blog post and were released on June 17, 2021 in the United States and Canada.[19] They were released in France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom in August 2021.[20]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d e "Google Pixel Buds Requirements & Specifications". Google Pixel Buds Help. Retrieved May 13, 2019.
  2. ^ "A few new things made by Google" – via YouTube.
  3. ^ Carnoy, David. "Google Pixel Buds 2 review: They're the real deal". CNET. Retrieved April 28, 2020.
  4. ^ "Here's how to get the new Google Pixel Buds 2 for $140 ($40 off) right now". Android Authority. April 27, 2020. Retrieved April 28, 2020.
  5. ^ Hall, Parker (May 1, 2020). "Review: Google Pixel Buds (2020)". Wired. Retrieved May 3, 2020.
  6. ^ Welch, Chris (June 3, 2021). "Google announces $99 Pixel Buds A-Series". The Verge. Archived from the original on June 3, 2021. Retrieved June 4, 2021.
  7. ^ June 2021, Olivia Tambini 07. "Google Pixel Buds A-Series price, release date, features, and specs". TechRadar.
  8. ^ Balakrishnan, Anita (October 4, 2017). "Google shows off wireless headphones that it says can translate languages on the fly". Retrieved October 4, 2017.
  9. ^ "Hello, Google Pixel Buds (and real-time translation). Goodbye, headphone jack". Retrieved October 4, 2017.
  10. ^ a b "Pixel Buds are Google's answer to AirPods". The Verge. Retrieved October 14, 2017.
  11. ^ Heater, Brian. "A disappointing debut for Google's Pixel Buds". TechCrunch. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
  12. ^ "Google Pixel Buds review: the future shouldn't be this awkward". The Verge. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
  13. ^ Estes, Adam Clark. "Google's Pixel Buds Aren't Even Close to Being Good". Gizmodo. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
  14. ^ Porter, Jon. "The Pixel Buds' translation feature is coming to all headphones with Google Assistant". The Verge. Retrieved October 15, 2018.
  15. ^ "The new Google Pixel Buds are available today for your listening pleasure". Google. April 27, 2020.
  16. ^ Peters, Jay (August 20, 2020). "Google's Pixel Buds are now available in more colors nearly four months after launch". The Verge. Retrieved October 30, 2020.
  17. ^ Li, Abner (August 20, 2020). "[Update: Best Buy] Google Pixel Buds (2020) in other colors start going on sale". 9to5Google. Retrieved October 30, 2020.
  18. ^ Wang, Jules (August 20, 2020). "Pixel Buds 2 now available in all colors at Google Store". Android Police. Retrieved October 30, 2020.
  19. ^ "Pixel Buds A-Series: Rich sound, iconic design, just $99". Google. June 3, 2021. Retrieved June 4, 2021.
  20. ^ Li, Abner (August 18, 2021). "Google launching Pixel Buds A-Series in more countries next week [Update: India]". 9to5Google. Retrieved August 23, 2021.