At the time, Google said the Buds would cost US$179 and be ‘available in 2020’. It’s possible that Google was looking to release them alongside the Pixel 4a and 4a XL at the company’s annual I/O event in May, but I/O has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
We already knew the Buds will be available in four colours: Clearly White, Almost Black, Quite Mint and Oh So Orange, but a listing of their features on the Abt Electronics site has a lot more detail. Here’s the list in full:
- Rich audio.
With custom-designed 12 mm dynamic speaker drivers, Google Pixel Buds deliver high-quality audio.
- Clearer calls.
Built-in sensors detect when you’re talking, and mics focused on your voice make sure background noise stays in the background.
- Thoughtfully designed from ear to ear.
Google Pixel Buds are designed for your comfort, based on scans of thousands of ears. You get a customizable, secure fit while the spatial vent keeps you open to the world around you.
- Secure Fit
Built with a three point anchor system, Google Pixel Buds combine premium comfort with a great fir to keep your earbuds secure even when working out.
- Stay aware.
A spatial vent keeps you connected to the world around you.
- Touch Control
Tap to play and pause. Swipe to change the volume.
- Sweat and water resistant.
Google Pixel Buds aren't afraid of a little water, so rainy days and sweaty workouts are no problem.
- Help on the go.
To play your favorite music, get directions, or call your mom, just say, "Hey Google."2
- Understand the world around you.
Get real-time translations right in your ear,3 whether you’re ordering dinner in Tokyo or visiting your multilingual family.
- Power up without a plug.
Charge your Google Pixel Buds in its case or place the case on a compatible wireless charging pad.4
- Pair up quickly.
With Google Pixel, pair them with just a single tap. Google Pixel Buds also easily connect with any Bluetooth™ 4.0+ laptops, tablets, Android and iOS devices.
- Find your earbuds.
Don’t worry about misplacing your earbuds. Find My Device makes it easy to locate Google Pixel Buds.5
- Shipping: 3 lbs
- Google Assistant requires an Assistant-enabled Android 6.0+ device, Google Account, and an internet connection.
- Google Assistant requires an Assistant-enabled Android 6.0+ device, Google Account, and an internet connection. Music subscription(s) may be required. Device location must be enabled for access to some features.
- Requires a device running Android 6.0 or newer and an internet connection. For available languages go to g.co/pixelbuds/help.
- Wireless charger sold separately.
- Requires Google Pixel Buds connected with Fast Pair to a device running Android 6.0 or newer, with location history enabled.
As it happens, most of these details were shared all the way back in October, but it seems Google announced the Pixel Buds a long time before they were ready to ship. Here’s hoping they improve on the first generation. We gave the original Pixel Buds a rare low two-star review back in 2017.