Saturday, June 2, 2018

3 Reasons to Wait for Pixel Buds 2, and 3 Reasons Not to

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The new Pixel Buds 2 release date is likely coming later this year. That’s if Google wants to give Apple’s AirPods 2 a run for their money. Considering AirPods don’t deliver the best experience on Android, another solid choice is Google’s wireless headphones. Today we are walking you through some reasons you should, and shouldn’t wait for the Pixel Buds 2 release date.

If you’re looking for wireless headphones you know there’s no shortage of options. And while Google’s Pixel Buds aren’t truly 100% wireless, they deliver a pretty great experience for Android users.

Google’s current Pixel Buds are worth buying in 2018, especially at the new lower $129 price point. That said, you should pay close attention to the latest Pixel Bud 2 rumors and upcoming features before choosing some new headphones.

Pixel Buds 2 Rumors

According to Evan Blass (@Evleaks) on Twitter, Google is working on second-gen Pixel Bud headphones for the second half of the year. They’ll likely debut along with the new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. And while Blass didn’t have any other information to go on, it’s safe to say Google has big plans and neat new features for its headphones.

While the original Pixel Buds were nice, they had more than a few shortcomings. A big one being that they weren’t truly wireless. It makes sense for Google to keep the design the same, but if they want to compete with Apple, Samsung, Bose and more, the wires gotta go.

A recent rumor suggests Google’s going all-in this year with hardware. Instead of using HTC and LG to make the Pixel 3 XL again, or a Chinese OEM for its headphones, they’re working directly with Foxconn to manufacture its upcoming products. That means an all-new Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, and Pixel Buds 2 completely made and designed by Google. For what it’s worth, Foxconn is who Apple uses for most of its smartphones and other products.

Read: Google Pixel 3: 5 Features We Want Next

Not to mention Google’s adding more features to its headphones too. Features that will make the way into the Pixel Buds 2. Like new touch-sensitive controls to double-tap for next track, triple taps, and in-ear detection so they turn off when not in use. This way they’ll get even better battery life when they’re not in the charging case.

Either way, there are several ways Google could easily improve the Pixel Buds 2. Make them wireless, put them in a smaller case with wireless charging, maybe add noise-canceling technology, and continue their efforts with translation and the Google Assistant.

With that in mind, here are some reasons you might want to skip buying the current Buds and wait for the second-gen Pixel Buds to arrive later this year.

Wait for Truly Wireless Earbuds

Wait for Truly Wireless Earbuds

We’re almost positive Google will unleash a new set of Pixel Buds 2 at its Pixel launch event in September or October 2018. And when they do, they’ll probably be 100% wireless. 

The current Pixel Buds have a wire connecting the two, which wraps around the back of your neck. This style isn’t new, and won’t be enough to win any buyers minds in 2018 and 2019. 

Wait for the 2nd Gen Pixel Buds because Google will get with the program and make truly completely wireless headphones. They’ll compete with the AirPods 2, new Gear Icon X headphones from Samsung, wireless buds from Bose, Jabra, and the many other alternatives on the market. If you want wireless headphones don’t settle for the current Buds from Google. 

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