Google Pixel Buds are an Apple Airpods competitor with a better design and the ability to translate
Recently, I told you about the Google Home Max, which is Google's new high-end smart speaker. Today is about the Google Pixel Buds, a product that intrigues me the most out of their new accessory lineup. The idea of Google Assistant built into wireless buds has me excited.
With the Pixel Buds, Google promises high-quality audio, a comfortable fit, and a stylish design. Similar to the touch panel on the Google Home, the Pixel Buds also has one-touch control. You can tap the buds to play or pause audio content or swipe to adjust the volume. Extremely easy.
As I previously mentioned, the Pixel Buds have Google Assistant built-in. To access this feature is also very simple. Simply touch and hold the right bud to launch the Google Assistant. This gives users access to messages, music, directions via Google Maps, and more.
I am also a big fan of the design. The fabric loop, which is easily adjustable, seems like it will be fairly comfortable. The buds weigh in at 0.49 ounces and is 0.8 inches in length, width, and height. It also comes with a charging case which weighs only 1.5 ounces ( 2 oz with the buds inside) and is 2.6 inches in length and width.
As far as battery life goes, the Pixel Buds will give you up to 5 hours of listening time with its 120 mAh battery. The charging case, with a 620 mAh battery, is able to hold multiple charges and can provide up to 24 hours of listening time.
Pairing the Pixel Buds is also very simple. All you have to do is open the charging case near your compatible phone (Pixel or a phone running Android Nougat or higher) and it should automatically connect within seconds.
Perhaps the most intriguing feature is that the Pixel Buds have Google Translate built-in. This Pixel exclusive feature is a game changer. This means that the Pixel Buds can translate up to 40 languages in real time. You simply hold down the right bud and ask the Google Assistant to help you speak a certain language (must be one of the 40 supported). As you speak, your Pixel device will begin to translate what you said, out loud, on its speaker. If someone responds to you in another language the Pixel Buds will relay the translation. This feature will only work on the new Pixel smartphones as well as the original models.
Any phone that has Android Lollipop or above and iOS 10.0 or higher can use the Pixel Buds as an audio headset. The Pixel Buds have a price tag of $159 and comes in three colors: Just Black, Clearly White, and Kinda Blue. The headset is expected to be released sometime in November and can be ordered through Google's online store (it is currently sold out as of the publishing of this article).
Update 10/15/17: Will be released on November 16th.