After being rumoured for some time Google has officially announced the release of their new Pixel Buds A-Series priced at a reasonable $99.
In a statement Google Says “When we first introduced our truly wireless Pixel Buds, we were most excited about how such a small product could pack so much functionality. Now, we’re making that same premium sound quality, along with hands-free help from Google Assistant and real-time translation, available at an affordable price. The Pixel Buds A-Series feature rich sound, clear calls and Google helpfulness, all in a low-profile design – for just $99.“
To help reduce cost Google removed the swipe gestures keeping only to taps. One tap pauses/resumes audio playback, a double-tap on either side skips a song, a triple-tap goes back, and a long-press triggers your Google Assistant notifications readout. A press-and-hold triggers instant Google Assistant listening as well.
The new Pixel Buds A-Series come with Adaptive Sound, which increases or decreases the volume based on your surroundings. This comes in handy when you're moving from the quiet of your home to somewhere noisy like a city street, or while jogging past a loud construction site.
To make sure your calls are as clear as they can be, Pixel Buds A-Series use beamforming mics to focus on your voice and reduce outside noise, making your calls crystal clear (though of course, overall call quality depends on signal strength, environment, network, and other factors). Once your call is over, quickly get back to your music with a simple “Hey Google, Play my music.”
Google says ”For Pixel Buds A-Series, we wanted to bring back the iconic Clearly White, but added a twist with new gray undertones. For a darker alternative, Pixel Buds A-Series are also available in Dark Olive. We use nature for inspiration in our colors all the time, and our design team was looking to create soothing tones that evoke a sense of comfort and relaxation.”
Pixel Buds A-Series are now available for pre-order in the U.S. and Canada, arriving to customers by June 17. For more country availability and waitlist options, visit g.co/pixelbudsaseries.