Google’s Pixel Buds 2 are $179, completely wireless and even more subtle than AirPods

CNET | 10/15/2019 | David Carnoy
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The new totally wireless Pixel Buds will be released next year.

Google has a new set of true wireless earbuds to compete with Apple's AirPods, but you'll have to wait a while to get your hands on them. The company's new Pixel Buds -- or Pixel Buds 2, as some are calling them -- are scheduled to ship next spring (2020), Google announced Tuesday at its Pixel 4 launch event in New York. They'll cost $179, which is in line with what other premium true wireless earphones cost.

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What's interesting about them is that Google has moved away from the open, AirPods-like hard bud design of the original Pixel Buds, and moved to a more discreet noise-isolating design with silicone ear tips and fins that lock the buds in your ear and seal out sound. Earphones with this design tend to have better sound, particularly when it comes to bass, but not everybody likes having their ear canals sealed off (some people complain of hearing their footsteps), so Google added a "spatial vent" that allows a little bit of sound in from the outside world. They should work well for workouts, though we're still waiting on a water-resistance rating.

Pixel Buds designer Isabelle Olsen described them as "floating computers in your ear." Not surprisingly you can access Google Assistant hands-free by simply saying, "Hey, Google," without touching any buttons. The Buds also have sensors to pick up ambient noise and adjust speaker volume and microphone range accordingly. And Google said the Buds are...
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