Pixel Buds A-Series:
|Input||Microphone, accelerometer, capacitive touchpad|
|Current firmware||552 (September 2020)|
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. They have the Google Assistant built-in and support Google Translate.
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. It supports translation of 40 different languages.
Reception of the Pixel Buds was mostly negative, with much of the criticism being aimed towards its seemingly bad case design. Recent sources announced, "Google Translate is available on all Assistant-optimized headphones and Android phones."
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. 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.
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. They were released in France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom in August 2021.