Google's Pixel Buds are cool, even if they're not the absolute best in the market or the most feature-rich. The second-gen Pixel Buds made them fully wireless, and the Pixel Buds A-Series made them affordable. All these models integrate amazingly with Google's apps and services and bring the Google Assistant closer to your ear. If you ever need to quickly tweak settings on your Pixel Buds, now the menu for doing so is easier to access than ever.
The 2020/2nd gen Pixel Buds are now listed as "out of stock" at the Google Store. This follows the release of the new, cheaper, slightly awkwardly named Pixel Buds A-Series and sizeablediscounts for the older model over the last two months at several retailers, raising questions about whether or not the older model has been discontinued.
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Google's newest earbuds, the Pixel Buds A-Series, are now available. They're explicitly mid-range and don't have all the bells and whistles of last year's Pixel Buds, but their MSRP is also a lot lower: $99, compared to $179 for the 2020 model.
If you're interested in a pair of Pixel Buds but don't know which, you've come to the right place. Here's what you need to know.
Google just announced a new pair of wireless earbuds: the $99 Pixel Buds A-Series are a stripped-back version of last year's $179 Pixel Buds, and they're pretty good, but they lack some nice-to-have features like wireless charging. If you want the full-featured older pair, you're in luck: you can snag a pair for 90 bucks today, even cheaper than the A-Series.
Google's upcoming Pixel Buds A-Series has leaked outseveral timesover the lastfew months. In fact, the only thing we don't know yet is when they'll finally be officially announced. If you can't take the wait any longer, there's no need to keep hoping for an unveiling. Over at eBay, you can grab a pair of last year's Pixel Buds for just $119, an all-new low.
Google finally jumped on the wireless earbuds bandwagon last year with the Pixel Buds. While they got things like comfort and sound quality right, they didn't do well in terms of connectivity and battery. While Google isn't completely changing either of those things, it's making it easier in Android 12 to know when your buds will run out of charge.
Google released its first Pixel Buds in 2017. They were bad. Pretty much everything about them was underbaked: they didn't sound very good, they weren't comfortable, and they had a weird, cumbersome charging case. Last year, we got a true wireless sequel that was definitely better, but still flawed. After months of software updates — and with a new model on the horizon — are 2020's Pixel Buds a good buy today? Let's talk about it.
Well that didn't take long. After posting semi-official confirmation of the upcoming budget-priced Pixel Buds earlier today in Germany, Google just tweeted it out on the official @Android Twitter account with the image above. A few minutes later, the tweet was deleted.