After announcing the first “headphones optimized for the Google Assistant” last month, Google unveiled their own pair this week. Instead of an over-the-design, the Google Pixel Buds are Bluetooth earbuds attached via a wire.
They feature a circular bud with a textured cord that loops into your ear and can be adjusted for a better fit. The cord doubles as a way to wear the buds when you are not using them, per the neckbuds style. While there is a charging case, the process of wrapping the cord around the case is not too fast or convenient.
Google Pixel Buds provide up to 5 hours of listening time on a single charge, while their aforementioned case holding 24 hours worth of power. The square case is wrapped in a fabric material with a charging indicator inside.
The right earbud can be tapped to quickly launch the Google Assistant, while other controls include tapping for play/pause and swiping for volume controls. Pixel Buds can even translate between languages in real time using Google Translate on Pixel. It’s like you’ve got your own personal translator with you everywhere you go. Say you’re in 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. If you’re more of a sushi or French food fan, no need to worry—it works in 40 languages.
The Pixel Buds are compatible with Android Marshmallow devices and above. On the Pixel, pairing is as simple as opening the charging case.
They are available in three colors for $159 that match the Pixel 2: Just Black, Clearly White, and Kinda Blue. Pre-orders begin today and are available in November.