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Pixel 4 to get brand new Pixel Buds 2 wireless earbuds

Published Oct 2nd, 2019 10:53AM EDT
Pixel 4 Accessories

The Pixel 4 rumor frenzy continues with a brand new development that doesn’t necessarily concern the upcoming fourth-gen Google phones. Google is reportedly going to launch a brand new version of its Pixel Buds earphones, tentatively named Pixel Buds 2, that will replace the first generation that arrived a couple of years ago.

Like Apple, Google launched its own wireless headphones to make up for the absence of the 3.5mm headphone jack, which went away when the Pixel 2 arrived. The Pixel 4 will also lack a headphone jack, not that we expected Google to resurrect the audio port. However, the Pixel Buds aren’t exactly AirPods alternatives. For starters, the two earphones are connected with a wire. Secondly, the devices can translate other languages in real-time, a feature that’s not available on the AirPods or competing devices.

It’s unclear at this time whether the Pixel Buds 2 will have the same design as their predecessor, or whether Google is making real AirPods rivals that are cord-free. In fact, not much is known about this new Pixel accessory to begin with. All we have is the word of an anonymous source who told 9to5Google that Google plans to launch a new model.

Apple did the same thing earlier this year, releasing an updated AirPods version that comes with an optional wireless charging case. A more important AirPods update is also rumored for the near future, though it’s not clear exactly when Apple’s third-generation AirPods will hit store shelves.

Google will likely unveil the new Pixel Buds at the October 15th Pixel 4 event, which will bring us plenty of other hardware made by Google, including new Nest products for the home as well as new Chromebooks. The Pixel 4 will be the star of the show though, despite the fact that we already know everything there is to know about Google’s next flagship.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

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