Google adds new features to its Pixel Buds, expands range with new colors
Google’s Pixel Buds are already considered among the pick of the crop of true wireless earbuds currently on the market. Thanks to a new software update, they have also picked up some new software-based features that Google has termed a “feature drop” in a new blog post. A key improvement for bass fans is a new bass boost function. Another feature, perhaps more useful in a COVID-19-free world, is a share detection feature that will allow individual volume adjustment for each bud with a swipe of the touch panel.
Google has also added a new attention alert function, currently experimental, that will automatically reduce the volume of your buds if they detect a loud sound nearby. This could be a baby crying or an emergency vehicle with its sirens blaring. A killer new feature straight out of Star Trek will translate another language in very close to real-time -- it will allow you to stay focused on the conversation while allowing you to pick up the gist of what is being said. It is rolling out to French, German, Italian and Spanish speakers first to help them translate English.
Along with the announcement, Google has added several new colors to the Pixel Buds lineup. Originally launched in Clearly White, they are now also available for purchase in Oh So Orange, Quite Mint and Almost Black. Google’s Pixel Buds are currently retailing for US$179 through the Google Store.