New Google Pixel Buds unveiled, won't launch until 2020

Hearable goes truly wireless, but you'll have to wait a while to try them
New Google Pixel Buds officially announced
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Google has officially unveiled its next generation Pixel Buds that now go truly wireless, but you won't be able to own them until Spring 2020.

The second generation hearable was unveiled at its Made by Google '19 event and following in the footsteps of Apple, Samsung, Amazon and others, Google is ditching the headphone cable.

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The earbuds sit flush inside the ear, which will apparently ensure you get full, rich sound that minimises leakage. Google says it's used custom sensors, speakers and batteries to fit inside of the new Pixel Buds to ensure they can be worn discreetly.

They are sweat and water resistant making them suitable for the gym, and there's touch controls built into the earbuds. Those controls give you the ability to tap to play or pause music or swipe to adjust volume.

The buds will feature an adaptive sound feature that can automatically adjust the volume dependent on the kind of environment you're in. Google says the buds include long-range Bluetooth connectivity too so can stay connected to a paired device from three rooms away.

There's the promise of clearer call quality via the dual onboard microphones, real-time translations and hands-free access to Google Assistant just by saying, 'Hey Google'. A built-in voice accelerometer is able to detect speech through the vibrations of your jawbone. This means you can be heard in windy conditions. Handy if you're out for a run we guess.

Battery life for the new Pixel Buds is five hours off a single charge, which isn't anything out of the ordinary in comparison to other truly wireless earbuds. It will also come with a wireless charging case that gives you 24 hours of battery to top up your buds.

Pricing for the new Pixel Buds is $179, which makes them cheaper than a pair of second generation Apple AirPods. Amazon Echo Buds are still cheaper though, which come in $129. When they are available, you'll be able to pick from four colors: Clearly White, Oh So Orange, Quite Mint and Almost Black.

So here's the bad news. The second generation Google Pixel buds are not launching until Spring 2020. That's an odd move from Google, but it might mean it's planning to add additional features to its first truly wireless earbuds to make them a better alternative to the current crop of earbuds out there.

The first Pixel Buds launched in 2017, and it's fair to say they were an abject failure. The £159 headphones were oddly designed, with sound leaks and plenty of issues with translation.

The hearable landscape has changed since Google entered it, so we hope it's got it right this time when the new Pixel Buds are finally up for grabs.

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