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Google quietly retires the Pixel Buds (2020) in the US for cheaper A-Series

Google Pixel Buds 2020
Google Pixel Buds 2020 (Image credit: Andrew Martonik / Android Central)

What you need to know

  • The Google Pixel Buds are no longer in stock in the U.S. and Canada.
  • Google appears to be focusing sales on its new Pixel Buds A-Series.
  • Users interested in purchasing the 2020 Pixel Buds may still find them at third-party retailers.

Anyone looking for the Google Pixel Buds (2020) may be out of luck, particularly if you're in the U.S. and Canada, as there appears to be no remaining stock of the earbuds at Google's online store.

A cursory glance at the Google store will only bring up the newer Pixel Buds A-Series, which launched in June, while last year's earbuds are seemingly nowhere in sight.

Clicking the compare button on the A-Series product page will bring up the 2020 model, but there's no option to purchase the earbuds.

Google Pixel Buds Out Of Stock

Source: Android Central (Image credit: Source: Android Central)

Google has a curious way of quietly clearing out stock of older products as soon as a new one arrives or is on the horizon. Amid rumors of the upcoming Pixel 5a, the Pixel 4a 5G has been curiously out of stock at many retailers, including Google.

A spokesperson did confirm with us that while its first truly wireless Pixel Buds are no longer being stocked in the U.S. and Canada, "the Google Store in other markets, as well as third-party retailers may still have inventory available."

The Pixel Buds A-Series are largely similar to their predecessor, with the same design and many of the same features. The cheaper earbuds do miss out on some features found in the previous version, such as swipe gestures and a wireless charging case. Otherwise, they may easily be one of the best cheap wireless earbuds on the market right now, so it's not a complete loss.

Derrek Lee
Derrek Lee

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3 Comments
  • That sucks. The Google Pixel Buds have a few extra features that makes them better than the A-series. The swipe volume control, the water resistant case (not only the ear buds like the A-series). Reportedly better battery life for the earbuds and the case itself holds the charge for longer. Not too crazy after the A-series. They are cheaper yes, but Google compromised on a few but actually useful functions and specs.
  • Google made the right compromises to reach the £99 price point and most people bar the spec heads won't care about the missing features, I don't.
  • I do care. Especially since it's my money I may end up spending on these. Those specs are not soo useless. Especially the water resistance for the case and the swipe volume control and fast charging.