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Google enters the audio fray with their first earbuds - the Pixel Buds

By Marcus Wong - on 5 Oct 2017, 2:09am

Google enters the audio fray with their first earbuds - the Pixel Buds

Google has just launched their own set of wireless headphones - the Google Pixel Buds - meant to offer you a premium audio experience without the hassle of cords. Weighing just 14g, the headphones come with a unique fabric loop that you can adjust to fit your ear securely. Just fit the buds in, and slide the loop to get a good fit. When you’re done, you can use the same loop to secure them around your neck. 

Answer phone calls, adjust volume, and control playback of music all through a touch pad on the right earbud.The built-in microphone is tuned to focus on just your voice and filter out background noise, so the person on the other line will easily be able to hear you.

The loops make it easy to secure your Pixel Buds whether they're in your ears or around your neck.

If you’re a Pixel owner, the Pixel Buds will also allow you to enjoy a real-time translation experience. All you have to do, is hold down on the right earbud and say something like "Help me speak French".  When you next speak, the earphones will hear you what you say and  play the translation out loud from your Pixel's speaker. When the other person speaks, your Pixel will then feed the translation into your ear via the Pixel Buds so there’s real-time translation for both sides.

If you need to ask Google Assistant for directions, just tap on the right earbud and speak away. You won’t have to pull out your phone just to check your messages again, as Google Assistant can do that for you. Hear a notification alert go off? Just double tap the right earbud, and Google Assistant will read the new message out.

The Pixel Buds have a listening time of up to five hours per charge, while the carrying case also doubles as a charging case, giving you a total of up to 24 hours of listening time at a go. Pairing the Pixel Buds has also been made extremely easy. Just open the charging case near to a Pixel or a phone running Android Nougat or newer, and it will automatically start the pairing process, so all you have to do is tap connect to get started.

The Pixel Buds will retail from November onwards from all authorized retailers in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Germany, Australia, and Singapore. The price in the U.S. is US$159, while pricing in the other countries has not been released. Singapore will only the black color version. To find out more about, go to the Google Store (US) or the Google blog

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