Google Announces Pixel Buds 2, Its AirPods Rival

Google today announced the Pixel Buds 2 — truly wireless Bluetooth earbuds and its AirPods rival. The original Pixel Buds were connected to each other using a wire. For the Pixel Buds 2, Google has made the earphones completely wireless and improved them radically in every aspect.

Unlike the AirPods, the Pixel Buds 2 fit flush in your ears. Their design is similar to Samsung’s Galaxy Buds rather than AirPods. It also comes with interchangeable ear tips to ensure you get a perfect and comfortable fit. The buds are also sweat and water-resistant — something which the AirPods lack.

Google says the hybrid design of the Pixel Buds 2 ensures that most of the noise around you is passively blocked. The buds also have a spatial vent to reduce the feeling of them being plugged into your ears. They also feature Adaptive Sound which can dynamically adjust the volume output depending on the ambient sound.

The buds have two microphones in each earbud and use beam forming to focus on your voice while on calls. They also have a voice accelerometer that can detect speech using vibrations of your jawbone.

The Pixel Buds 2 comes with a wireless charging case that is very similar to the one that Apple bundles with the AirPods. The Pixel Buds last for around 5 hours on a single charge, with the battery life jumping to around 24 hours with the case.

One of the highlights of the Pixel Buds 2 is that it offers real-time translation, something which no other wireless earbuds in the market currently offers. The Pixel Buds 2 will retail for $179, but the bummer is that they launch in spring 2020. It will be available in four colors: Clearly White, Oh So Orange, Quite Mint, and Almost Black.

Google is just about two years late to the wireless Bluetooth earbuds category. The original Pixel Buds were buggy but the second iteration of the product shows promise. However, a launch date of Spring 2020 is a bit too late to the game in my opinion.