Google outs wireless Pixel earbuds of its own, and you'll never guess their name
Gone are the days when you had to tread along your morning jog with a cable dangling in front of you, or struggle to bench two hundred with uncomfortable neckware on. Enter the new wireless buds that connect to your phone via Bluetooth, but also don't have any physical connection between them to worry about. Well, you still have to worry about losing one of them "hearables," but they all come with dedicated charge-and-carry cases, so it's all about healthy habits.
What used to be Kickstarter projects have now matured to actual products, and the big guys like Apple and Samsung also took notice, quickly overwhelming the smaller companies with truly wireless product lines of their own. Apple's AirPods are undoubtedly the pair that has generated the most publicity, but Samsung's Icon X line is a real alternative, too, with its drastic price drop.
Google, however, decided to throw its hat in the ring (now that it is a vertically integrated hardware maker), and just announced a set of wireless Bluetooth earphones that it named... wait for it... you can never guess it... the Pixel Buds. They not only sport enhanced base and dynamic range, and one-touch audio control, but smart features like real-time translation to and from 40 languages. Cool. With 5 hours of battery life (and five full charges in the supplied case), these are some of the longest-lasting such wireless earphones, too - the strap is only there so as not to lose them, there is no battery or electrical cording inside. The Google Buds will be available in the same colors as the Pixel 2, and you can get them for $159.