Google Launches the Second Generation of its Pixel Buds

Three years after the original came out, Google’s Pixel Buds is back and better than ever

The new Pixel Buds 2—which Google refers to simply as The Pixel Buds—has officially been revealed and is now retailing at USD179. They can be purchased directly from the Google Store, but availability is currently limited to the U.S. The new wireless buds are designed with color options including “Clearly White”, “Quite Mint”, “Oh So Orange” and “Almost Black,” but at the moment are only available in white.

Features-wise, the earbuds have Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity and have up to 2.5 hours of talk time, five hours of playback time with an extra 19 hours in the charging case. In addition to wired USB-C charging, you can charge the case wirelessly by using any Qi-compatible charger. A single 10-minute charge will give you up to two hours listening time and up to one hour of talk time. Not bad.

The new earbuds also incorporate a custom-designed 12mm dynamic speaker driver with passive noise reduction, dual-forming microphones with voice detecting accelerometer. The most exciting new feature is that you no longer need to tap the Pixel Buds whenever you want to interact with Google Assistant; everything is handled using your voice now. Just say “OK, Google” and Assistant will fire up, ready to take your command.