During the launch of the Pixel 3 many expected Google to announce a new pair of Pixel Buds 2 at its October hardware 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 in 2019.
If you’re looking for wireless headphones you know there’s 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 new lower $129 price point. Plus, Apple didn’t announce Airpods 2 either, so your choices are the same as they’ve been for a long time. However, could Pixel Buds 2 be coming soon?
Pixel Buds 2 Rumors
According to Evan Blass (@Evleaks) on Twitter, Google was working on second-gen Pixel Bud headphones for the second half of the year. However, now we know they aren’t coming with the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. 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.
While the original Pixel Buds were nice, 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’s adding 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.
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 in early 2019 with the Pixel 3 Lite, or maybe with the Pixel 4 next October. We’ll also go over a few reasons they aren’t worth waiting for.
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