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Google Pixel Buds 2 revealed with no wires and a 2020 release date

Google has unveiled a second-generation pair of its Pixel Buds wireless earbuds.

The original pair of Google Pixel Buds were announced on October 4, 2017 alongside the Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL. The wireless earbuds, which are attached together with a durable fabric cord, ship in a pocket-size charging case that keeps the battery topped-up throughout the day while they’re not in use.

Sound familiar? The Pixel Buds were announced a year after the Apple AirPods were unveiled on-stage by CEO Tim Cook. But while AirPods now account for a massive 60 percent of the true wireless headphone market, Pixel Buds have largely fallen into obscurity.

With the second-generation Pixel Buds, Google wants to change all that.

Google Pixel Buds now support always-listening Google Assistant, so you can just say “OK, Google” to summon the chatty AI assistant without needing to tap on either of the earbuds – like the first-generation pair.

Google says it designed its own battery cell and silicon to try and squeeze as much longevity into these earbuds, which sit flush with your ear. However, that might be marketing bumf – as the Pixel Buds are only rated for 5-hours out of the case, which can add up to 24 hours of battery life when they’re safely stored away.

That’s pretty standard across the industry, matching the Samsung Galaxy Buds, Huawei Freebuds 3 and, of course, Apple AirPods.

The new Pixel Buds will also have better sound performance, Google says. That includes deeper bass and clear highs than the first variety.

One of the headline features of the Pixel Buds is the Bluetooth range, with Google claiming the Pixel Buds will be able to extend across three rooms inside a building. So you’ll be able to keep your smartphone safe and sound inside the locker at the gym while you workout on the gym floor.

Outside, Google Pixel Buds will still stay connected even if your phone is a football field away. That’s American football, not the FIFA variety, by the way.

Of course, we’ll have to test these claims. But if Google Pixel Buds can connect over that kind of distance, it could really set these apart from other wireless earbuds from the likes of Amazon, Huawei and others.

Unfortunately, it’ll be a little while before we test these out. Google Pixel Buds don’t launch until “spring 2020”.

When they do launch, Google will charge $179, that’s around £140.

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