We expected Google to announce a new pair of Pixel Buds 2 at its Pixel 3 or even the Pixel 3a launch event, but they never did. All the rumors were wrong. So now, the question becomes should you buy the original Pixel Buds, something else, or hope for a Pixel Buds 2 release later this year in 2019.
If you’re looking for wireless headphones you have no shortage of options. And while Google’s Pixel Buds aren’t truly 100% wireless, they deliver a pretty great experience for Android users. Especially considering Apple’s Airpods don’t play nice with Android.
Google’s current Pixel Buds are still worth buying, especially at the lower $99 price point. However, we have a feeling a new 2nd gen set of Buds will arrive with the Pixel 4 this fall. Here’s what you need to know.
Pixel Buds 2 Rumors
According to Evan Blass (@Evleaks) on Twitter, Google was working on second-gen Pixel Bud headphones back in late 2018. And while Blass didn’t have any other information to go on, it’s safe to say Google has big plans and neat new features for its headphones. If they ever release them.
The original Pixel Buds were nice but they had more than a few shortcomings. A big one being that they weren’t truly wireless. It makes sense for Google to keep the design the same, but if they want to compete with Apple, Samsung, Bose and more, the wires gotta go.
Not to mention Google recently added more features to its headphones too. Features that will make the way into the Pixel Buds 2. Like new touch-sensitive controls to double-tap for next track, triple taps, and in-ear detection so they turn off when not in use. This way they’ll get even better battery life when they’re not in the charging case. Plus, the Google Assistant keeps getting better and better, and its features will pair with the earbuds.
Either way, there are several ways Google could easily improve the Pixel Buds 2. Make them wireless, put them in a smaller case with wireless charging, maybe add noise-canceling technology, and continue their efforts with translation and the Google Assistant.
With that in mind, here are some reasons you might want to skip buying the current Buds and wait for the second-gen Pixel Buds to arrive. Whether that’s sometime this summer, or maybe with the Pixel 4 in September or October. We’ll also go over a few reasons they aren’t worth waiting for.
Wait for Truly Wireless Earbuds
We're almost positive Google will unleash a new set of Pixel Buds 2 at some point. When they do, they'll be 100% wireless.
The current Pixel Buds have a wire connecting the two, which wraps around the back of your neck. This style isn't new, and won't be enough to win any buyers minds in 2019.
Wait for the 2nd Gen Pixel Buds because Google will get with the program and make truly completely wireless headphones. They'll compete with the AirPods 2, Samsung's Galaxy Buds, wireless buds from Bose, Jabra, and the many other alternatives on the market. If you want wireless headphones don't settle for the current Buds from Google.
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