Pixel Buds
First generation Pixel Buds
DeveloperGoogle
ManufacturerGoertek
Product familyPixel
TypeWireless earbuds
Release date
First generation:
November 2017
  • Second generation:
  • April 2020
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

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]

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.[6][7][8] It supports translation of 40 different languages.[8]

Criticism

Reception of the Pixel Buds was mostly negative, with much of the criticism being aimed towards its seemingly bad case design.[9][10][11] Recent sources announced, "Google Translate is available on all Assistant-optimized headphones and Android phones."[12]

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.[13] 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.[14][15][16]

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. ^ Balakrishnan, Anita (October 4, 2017). "Google shows off wireless headphones that it says can translate languages on the fly". Retrieved October 4, 2017.
  7. ^ "Hello, Google Pixel Buds (and real-time translation). Goodbye, headphone jack". Retrieved October 4, 2017.
  8. ^ a b "Pixel Buds are Google's answer to AirPods". The Verge. Retrieved October 14, 2017.
  9. ^ Heater, Brian. "A disappointing debut for Google's Pixel Buds". TechCrunch. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
  10. ^ "Google Pixel Buds review: the future shouldn't be this awkward". The Verge. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
  11. ^ Estes, Adam Clark. "Google's Pixel Buds Aren't Even Close to Being Good". Gizmodo. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
  12. ^ Porter, Jon. "The Pixel Buds' translation feature is coming to all headphones with Google Assistant". The Verge. Retrieved October 15, 2018.
  13. ^ "The new Google Pixel Buds are available today for your listening pleasure". Google. April 27, 2020.
  14. ^ Peters, Jay. "Google's Pixel Buds are now available in more colors nearly four months after launch". The Verge. Retrieved October 30, 2020.
  15. ^ Li, Abner. "[Update: Best Buy] Google Pixel Buds (2020) in other colors start going on sale". 9to5Google. Retrieved October 30, 2020.
  16. ^ Wang, Jules. "Pixel Buds 2 now available in all colors at Google Store". Android Police. Retrieved October 30, 2020.