It took almost six months, but the Google Pixel Buds 2 is finally here. It was first announced during the #MadeByGoogle event last October alongside Google Pixel 4. Many rumors surrounded the device, as many expected these new ones to be much better than the clumsy first-generation Pixel Buds. Well the second generation is out now so let’s see what Pixel Buds 2 is all about along with its price and availability in Nepal.
Google Pixel Buds 2 Overview
Google had a lot to improve on the second generation of Pixel Buds. That’s because the former was not popular with customers. First of all, it was not a true wireless headphones. It had a cable connecting the two shoots. And at the time that AirPods was taking off as a truly wireless headset, it was certainly a stubborn move by Google. As a result, the first generation of Pixel Buds became a nuisance to customers.
However, with these new Pixel Buds, Google has tried to redeem itself. First of all, it is now a fully wireless headset. Therefore, they can be used independently of each other. The bud design, however, remains similar to its predecessor. With the cables now completely out of the picture, these new headphones are lighter and fit snugly in the ears. Plus, they’re the first truly wireless headsets to offer hands-free access to the Google Assistant.
The sad part, however, is that they don’t have any noise canceling technology. So they will surely have a hard time competing against players like AirPods Pro. However, the fact is that the AirPods Pro costs a lot more than these Pixel Buds, making it quite understandable.
Now, one buys headphones for the sound quality it offers. And these new Pixel Buds certainly offer. For example, there is Adaptive Sound mode that will adjust the volume of what you are listening to according to your environment. Plus, its custom-designed 12mm drivers promise superior sound quality.
There have been mixed reviews about the bass quality from Google Pixel Buds. Some have claimed that there is significant weight on the bass. However, some have pointed out bass as the weakness of these headphones.
The charging case, for the most part, looks similar to the other TWS headphones. It offers the Fast Pair function that helps the device quickly connect to a nearby Android device. Plus, it’s got enough power to deliver 24 hours of headphone battery life. Respecting the battery life, this device provides five hours of continuous listening. Now that is on par with AirPods. However, it is far from the eleven hours that the Galaxy Buds Plus offers.
- Dimension (Pixel Buds 2): 20.5 x 19.5 x 18.2 mm (H x W x D); 5.3 grams;
- Dimension (charging case): 63 x 47 x 25 mm (height x width x depth): 56.1 grams
- Sensors: capacitive touch. Google Assistant, Dual IR Proximity Sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Hall Effect Sensor (Charging Case)
- Audio: 12mm dynamic speaker driver, passive noise reduction, space ventilation, dual beam microphones, voice detection accelerometer
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0
- IP rating: splash and water resistant (IPX4)
- Battery: 5 hours of listening time, 2.5 hours of talk time, 24 hours of listening time and 12 hours of talk time (with charging case)
- Charging: USB type C, Qi certified, wireless charging case; 10 minute charge = 2 hours of listening time and 1 hour of talk time
- Colors: clearly white, almost black, quite mint, oh so orange
Google Pixel Buds 2 Price and Availability
The Google Pixel Buds 2 is currently available for purchase in the US. USA Priced at $ 179. Considering the US price. In the US, Google Pixel Buds 2 should arrive in Nepal for an expected price of Rs. 25,000.
Product name Price in Nepal [Converted] Availability
Google Pixel Buds 2 $ 179 (~ Rs. 22,000) Available through Google Store, Best Buy, Walmart, Target (in the US)
Google Pixel Buds 2: Everything You Need to Know
After many months of waiting, Google’s $ 179 Pixel Buds 2, which Google refers to as Pixel Buds, are finally here, and you can pre-order them from both Google and BestBuy. If you’re curious about whether reality meets Google’s hype, we’ve got a full Google Pixel Buds 2 review here.
But if you’re just wondering what all the fuss is about, here’s an in-depth look at what Google’s latest true wireless headsets have to offer.
True Wireless Design
Out of the blue, the Pixel Buds 2 is leaps and bounds from the original Pixel Buds, which debuted in October 2017. Google returned to the drawing board and introduced a new design, ditching the frustrating cables that tied the two Buds together. together in the inaugural model, while introducing a slimmer, more discreet body that sits flush with the ear.
A three-point anchor system combines the inherent security of an internal design with a soft silicone stabilizer that helps prevent movement once the headset is in place. This is a huge improvement over the first generation Pixel Buds that we found less secure than we would have liked.
The exterior of the headphones closely resembles the previous model and retains the subtle G-mark on touch-sensitive surfaces. The new headphones are also equipped with dual infrared sensors that detect when the headphones are placed on your ears or not, so they can automatically pause music when you remove them.
Speaking of sensors, the new Pixel Buds also have accelerometers and motion detection gyros. It is not yet clear what Google intends to do with these sensors, but the possibilities include health and fitness tracking and augmented or virtual reality (AR / VR) applications.
When Google introduced the Pixel Buds 2, it touted the headphones’ long-range Bluetooth 5.0 capabilities, referring to the ability to run the length of a soccer field while staying connected to your phone. In our tests, that statement seems exaggerated. They certainly have a good wireless connection, but it can’t extend much further than other wireless headphones.
If you intend to run across a soccer field, you’ll be happy to know that the Pixel Buds 2 have an IPX4 rating of water resistance, which should be more than enough protection for even the sweatiest workouts.
Battery and charge
Google Pixel Buds 2 may be an update to the previous generation in terms of features, but when it comes to battery life, they haven’t budged the dial at all – you get five hours of life on a single charge and that increases to 24 hours of total time when including the internal capacity of the charging case.
What has changed are the loading options. Now, in addition to USB-C cable charging, you can charge the case wirelessly with any Qi-compatible charger.
Okay Google …
Most of the changes Google has made take place under the hood. Most notable of these is the omission of the need to tap Pixel Buds every time you want to interact with the Google Assistant. Now, everything is handled using your voice. Just say “OK, Google” and the Wizard will come on, ready and waiting to take your command.
While Google hasn’t released a full list of the various tasks the wizard can do through Pixel Buds 2, you should also be able to stream music, Google, and send messages.
Quick Pair and Translations Too
While not a feature of Pixel Buds 2 per se, Google is using the launch of these new headsets to update all Android phones with new Bluetooth-based capabilities. Google refers to these features under the generic label of “fast pair”, but there is actually more to it than quick pairing involved.
You can now use your Android phone to locate your Bluetooth headphones within the Find My Device app. If your headphones are not connected, it will show you your last known location. The Android operating system can show you the battery levels of your headphones and its charging case without the need for a third-party app. Finally, you can change the name of the device so that it displays a friendlier identifier than the one you received at the factory. Instead of “Pixel Buds” you can say “Simon’s Pixel Buds”.
The fast pair feature should work on almost all Bluetooth headsets, but these additional features require headphone manufacturers to adopt Google’s additional specifications when creating new products. The Pixel Buds 2 supports them all, but the first non-Google product will be the next Harmon Kardon Fly headphones.
Google Pixel Buds 2 retains the excellent translation feature that debuted in Pixel Buds, which uses built-in microphones to translate a foreign language in real time.
Did you hear that?
Sound quality seems to be an important feature of Pixel Buds 2. Google has equipped them with custom 12mm dynamic speaker drivers and what Google describes as a “hybrid acoustic design” where the ear tips point to seal out the noise outside, but space vents reduce “stuffy ear feeling.”
Best of all, there is an optional feature called Adaptive Sound that dynamically adjusts the volume as you move from the quiet of your home to a noisy meter. And when you’re on a call, beam-forming microphones focus on isolating your voice, while voice accelerometers detect speech through the jaw in an attempt to stop the transmission of background noise.
We’re still a bit surprised that Google has chosen to rely on passive noise isolation instead of active noise cancellation as others like AirPods Pro and Sony WF-1000XM3 have done, but we also recognize that the Pixel Buds 2 They are more affordable than these models.