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.

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15 Comments

1. Sakeem

Posts: 856; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

Intersting. Will wait for reviews.

4. sgodsell

Posts: 6733; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I like the live voice translations for up to 40 different languages. That was cool.

5. Sakeem

Posts: 856; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

So did I. I would love to test and use that feature. i will wait for real world reviews first though.

7. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1457; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

Better name would be Air Pixel.... Or Pixel Air... Pixel buds is so lame

2. gigicoaste

Posts: 431; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

sure.. because all other brands on the market have such a non-intuitive naming for their buds.. right? /s

14. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1457; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

You are so right... So what my opinion slick... Enjoy your acquisition and keep it moving. Name is lame Naming the phone Pixel over Nexus lame, but that is just my opinion.... BTW own Nexus 5,6,6p FYI.

15. gigicoaste

Posts: 431; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

sure, I agree that naming is boring... but is not the same thing PA tries to do as we all know although many are pretending don't see it. I honestly hope will be a good device raising the bar of quality for consumer's benefit. Enjoy your Nexus line, I had Nexus and I have already a new phone so I don't plan to buy some "Pixels" this year. Maybe laptop sounds interesting.

16. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1457; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

I agree with you here brother.... I may trade the 6p for an xl but for 949.00 I love my Note 8. Pixel 2 XL would be an addition on fi replacing the 6p.

3. PhoneInQuestion

Posts: 496; Member since: Aug 20, 2017

Loving the "low key snark". Still better looking than eardicks(tm) by Apple.

6. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

The iPhone X looks much better than those bezel bemoth phones.

12. tedkord

Posts: 17093; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It REALLY doesn't.

8. kartik_07

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 26, 2016

They both are bad looking. See the huge back of these earbuds.

10. PryvateiDz

Posts: 443; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

I think the Google translation is cool. But as they are earphones to replace the headphone jack, the specs of the audio would've been nice to know Google. They touted the new Bluetooth 5.0 and HI-res Audio Bluetooth Wireless Codec LDAC and AptX HD to justify the lack of headphone jack, so does the Google Pixel Buds have it?

11. tedkord

Posts: 17093; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

All your base are ours.

13. tedkord

Posts: 17093; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

These are the ones I'm getting. https://goo.gl/RQRgyc

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