Pixel Buds Are Google's Wireless Answer to Apple AirPods

Google announced their wireless solution to pair with headphone jack-less Pixel 2 phones.


Now that Google has removed the headphone jack from their flagship Pixel phones, it was inevitable that a wireless option would be introduced today. The newly announced Google Pixel Buds provide up to 5-hours of listening time on a charge and the case that it comes with holds multiple charges so you can get up to 24 hours of use.

For listening to music, the Pixel Buds have one-touch audio controls for play/pause and you can swipe to change songs. 

The PixelBuds, paired with machine learning via Google Assistant, showed off an incredible interaction on stage between two people speaking two languages. Real-time Google Translate is only a touch of a button away with the Pixel Buds. You can ask the Buds to help you speak a specific language and, after speaking, the other user will hear the translated phrase or statement. With two Google Translate equipped users, this nearly eliminates language barriers.

The wireless headphones are priced at $159 and will come in blue, white, and black.


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    October 4, 2017 10:51 AM

    Charles Singletary posted a new article, Pixel Buds Are Google's Wireless Answer to Apple AirPods

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      October 4, 2017 11:03 AM

      these things look pretty terrible for the price.

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        October 4, 2017 11:13 AM

        Cool tech, but yeah...super ugly.

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        October 4, 2017 11:13 AM

        my god those look horrible compared to airpods

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        October 4, 2017 11:14 AM

        i'd love to have an actual conversation with the supposed universal translator they can do. i bet it'd be hilarious

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      October 4, 2017 11:16 AM

      not true wireless - that band seems like it'd get irritating very fast, doesn't fit in your ear in such that it's great for music or podcasts/audiobooks, the translation one-way looks good but unless the other person has the exact same phone, it doesn't work does it?

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      October 4, 2017 12:01 PM

      One step closer to a universal translator.

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      October 4, 2017 12:11 PM

      Does the case charge wirelessly like the new one from Apple?

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        October 4, 2017 12:18 PM

        the case charges in general, but it looks like the earbuds may have contacts on them so i think not wirelessly? no mention either way

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          October 4, 2017 12:20 PM

          The buds have to contact the case in a specific point, just like AirPods, they don't just float in there and charge wireless themselves. The question I have is, does the case itself charge wirelessly?

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            October 4, 2017 12:33 PM

            Oh my bad. yeah I'd say almost definitely not, you can see the USB-C port on there and I feel like they'd mention it if it did Qi

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      October 4, 2017 12:30 PM

      Hard plastic earbuds are total trash for my ears, wireless or not.

      Am I a freak of nature here? I can't understand how people can wear the ear pods and air pods or any ear buds like those for more than 5 minutes without extreme irritation and discomfort. I need those rubber in ear ones with multiple size tips. And they stay in place better w/ motion.

      These look extra bullshit with the cord running right through the middle of them, probably brushes up and tickles your ear when moving :(

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        October 4, 2017 12:32 PM

        Just depends on your physiology. For some they fit great, for some too snug, for some to loose. I can't wear over the ear headphones for an extended period of time as they become painful so I prefer the pods.

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          October 4, 2017 12:34 PM

          These Pixel Buds don't even sit down in your ear so it seems like they'd be even less comfortable and more likely to fall out (which is why they have the band I suppose?)

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        October 4, 2017 12:40 PM

        Total fucking garbage. I hate the fact that they're the included headphones with all apple products. They are utter shit.

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