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Pixel Buds firmware update reduces lag and improves connectivity

Google tried to take on Apple's AirPods with its Pixel Buds, but as we all know, that didn't work out too well – the Pixel Buds aren't truly wireless and connect to each other with a cord, and coupled with some additional issues like poor audio and a finicky charging case, they never stood a chance. However, if you bought them prepared for these problems, you still got headphones with stellar Google Assistant support and quick pairing, so there's that. Now, the Buds are receiving a new firmware update that packs reduced lag, better connectivity, and improved battery stats.

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Midweek deals: Discounted smartwatches, Pixel Buds, Fire tablet 3-packs, and more

At Android Police, we keep an eye out for great deals on tech goodies so we can let you know when the time to buy is right. But there are a lot of deals out there; too many to highlight each in its own story. With that in mind, here are some bargains you may have missed over the past few days.

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The instant translation feature from Google's Pixel Buds is coming to all Assistant headphones

Last year, Google's Pixel Buds instant translation demo stole the show at the company's October hardware event. However, the Pixel Buds themselves didn't get great reviews. Soon, you won't need to buy the overpriced Pixel Buds to get that feature. Google says instant translation is coming to all Assistant-optimized headphones.

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4 of our favorite tech deals this week: We hope you like headphones

Waiting for good tech deals can be like watching a pot of water boil — stare too intently and it seems like nothing's ever going to happen, but sit back and relax and you'll eventually get what you wanted. Last week, the deals we found were pretty sparse, and by the time the weekend rolled around, pretty much all of them were dead. Some shoppers would get discouraged at this, but not us. Instead, we've gone all zen, thoroughly chilled out, and let the deals come to us.

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[Deal Alert] Grab a pair of Pixel Buds for $109 ($50 off) from the Google Store

Google's first-party wireless (but not wireless wireless) in-ear headphones, the Pixel Buds, are far from a perfect product. The charging case is finicky, and the fabric loops that hold them in place aren't for everybody. But some flaws can be overlooked at the right price. If, for you, that price is about a hundred bucks, you're in luck. The Pixel Buds are currently $109 direct from Google, a savings of $50.

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Google app v8.14 beta reveals upcoming Pixel Stand smart dock, in-car enhancements with Herbie, and more [APK Teardown]

A new version of the Google app made a late-night appearance on the beta channel. As is common, there aren't many new things to see after installing it, but there are plenty of topics to discuss from doing a teardown. The latest additions include text revealing an upcoming Pixel Stand charging dock, settings for a YouTube TV content filtering option, and what looks like enhanced voice-controlled features for use in the car based on work Google has done with Assistant-enabled headphones.

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Google is fixing an issue affecting users who pair Pixel Buds with Wear OS smartwatches

Pixel Duds Buds are still around, which is a shame because they're just not very good. The dozens of consumers who for whatever reason chose to purchase these Bluetooth headphones may be experiencing an issue beyond remorse: Apparently some Buds users who also use a Wear OS smartwatch have to reset and re-pair the earbuds in order to get a media connection with their phone via Bluetooth. Google is aware of the issue and is working on a fix. In the meantime, it also has a puzzling recommendation.

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Google app v8.6 beta prepares to add useful details to friends and members of your household, hints at something called Dragon Glass [APK Teardown]

Google is gearing up for the weekend with another beta update to its self-named app. The latest version brings some very minor visual tweaks, but as usual, it's the teardown where the real activity can be found. The latest update expands a bit on the previously seen Your People screen and Google Assistant for Households by adding personal details to contacts. There will also be an option to enable or disable Assistant on the Pixel Buds while your phone's lockscreen is active. And finally, something called Dragon Glass is in the works.

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[Update: Google Store too] Deal alert: Pixel Buds down to $129 ($30 off) at Best Buy

The Pixel Buds were announced alongside the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL in October of last year, and since then, we've rarely seen them discounted. Sure, there was a 50% off offer when purchased with a Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL, but that required you to drop at least $649 on the phone itself. Best Buy currently has the Pixel Buds for $129, $30 off MSRP.

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Pixel Buds configurable double-tap touch controls are actually, finally here

Back in March, we mistakenly reported that the Pixel Buds had received an update which enabled the double-tap gesture for track advancement. Turns out, that was just a bug. But according to a blog post just pushed by Google, the feature is actually rolling out today as part of an update that delivers a whole pile of new touch-based controls, including triple-tap for on/off,

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