Google goes true wireless with Pixel Buds 2, coming Spring 2020 for $179

What you need to know

  • Google is joining the true wireless bandwagon with the Pixel Buds 2.
  • The earbuds will dynamically adjust volume based on the ambient noise in your surroundings.
  • You get Assistant integration, and the earbuds sit flush with your ear.
  • The Pixel Buds 2 have a five-hour battery life, with another 24 hours from the charging case.

Google has kicked off the Pixel 4 event by introducing truly wireless Pixel Buds. The first-gen Pixel Buds had a loop that went around the neck, but with the Pixel Buds 2, Google is joining the true wireless bandwagon.

The Pixel Buds 2 have been designed to sit flush with your ear, and Google says the earbuds come with long-range Bluetooth connectivity that allows them to stay connected from up to three rooms away when indoors. Outdoors, they work across the entire length of an American football field. They're also sweat and water resistant, making them ideal for workouts.

The earbuds also dynamically adjust volume based on your surroundings, and there's a spacial vent that at the bottom that lets some ambient noise in. There are touch controls on each earbud that let you adjust the volume manually and control music playback. The design itself is interesting as the earbuds have a stabilizer fin to ensure you get a secure fit. From Google:

Pixel Buds have a low-profile look that sits flush in your ear. The stabilizer arc gently tucks in, and together with the interchangeable eartip, make Pixel Buds fit securely and comfortably, so they stay put even when you're exercising.

The Pixel Buds 2 have two microphones in each earbud, and there's a voice accelerometer that detects speech through the vibrations of your jawbone so you can make calls even in windy conditions. You also get hands-free access to Google Assistant with the "Hey Google" hotword.

You get five hours of battery life from a full charge, and the charging case will provide another 24 hours of charge. The Pixel Buds 2 come in four colors: Clearly White, Oh So Orange, Quite Mint and Almost Black. The Pixel Buds 2 will be available from Spring 2020 for $179.

Harish Jonnalagadda
Senior Editor - Asia

Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.

  • Charging more than airpods? Why am I not surprised...
  • Because these look to be far better.
  • These have a wireless charging case. Aren’t AirPods with wireless charging case 199?
  • They are indeed. And galaxy buds are 130 lol.
  • Want. Take my money.
  • I was so hyped for these until they said 2020 😔
  • Same! And my headphones don't work with the Pixel so shopping for cheap alternatives for now. Also interesting is that the Pixel Buds gen one were pulled off the Google site.
  • These look very interesting... A bit pricey and a bit late to the game.
  • So why does it say on the google store unlimited online storage with google photos Never worry about storing, finding or sharing your memories thanks to unlimited storage in high quality on google photos?
  • I belove you commented on the wrong article lol... I'll answer your question though, because I'm super cool like that. All phones, be they Samsung, Nokia, OnePlus or the pixel 4 XL, get unlimited Google photos backup, but the backups are compressed. The pixel 1, 2 and 3 had unlimited uncompressed, full resolution backups.