Google’s Pixel Buds Pro are getting a significant upgrade. Building upon the success of last year’s launch, Google is rolling out a range of new features aimed at enhancing the user experience. These features, powered by Google’s AI, promise to make the Pixel Buds Pro smarter, more helpful, and even more comfortable to use. Additionally, they are available in two new colors—Bay and Porcelain—that perfectly match the new Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro phones as well as the Pixel Watch 2.
Even Clearer Voice Calling with AI Smarts
One of the most noticeable updates is in the area of voice calling. Pixel Buds Pro now supports Bluetooth Super Wideband on Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro phones. This feature doubles the bandwidth for voices, making your calls sound fuller, clearer, and more natural than ever before.
The Clear Calling feature has also been upgraded. It uses AI to reduce background noise and enhance the voice of the person on the other end of the line. Google has improved its Clear Calling models to better distinguish voices from background noises, making your calls more comfortable and less distracting.
A Hands-Free Conversation Starter: Conversation Detection
Another groundbreaking feature is Conversation Detection. Thanks to AI, you no longer need to manually pause your music or switch to Transparency Mode when you start speaking. The AI detects when you’re talking and automatically pauses your music and turns on Transparency Mode. Once you stop talking, it resumes your music and activates Active Noise Cancellation. This feature allows you to interact with your surroundings without any interruptions, all without lifting a finger.
Enhanced Gaming Experience
For gamers, Pixel Buds Pro brings a welcome update: reduced audio latency. The earbuds minimize the inherent delay in transmitting audio from your Pixel phone to the earbuds during gaming. This results in a more immersive and dynamic gaming experience, especially when used with Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro phones.
Focus on Hearing Wellness
Google is also introducing a feature aimed at hearing wellness. The Pixel Buds Pro app will now keep a record of your listening habits and offer suggestions for maintaining hearing health over time. For instance, it will notify you when it’s advisable to lower the volume, helping you make informed decisions about your hearing wellness.
Pixel Buds App Comes to Chromebooks
In a move to offer a seamless experience across devices, Google is extending the Pixel Buds app to Chromebooks. Through this web app, users can change earbud settings, switch noise control modes, and even install firmware updates—all directly from their Chromebook.
Pricing and Availability
The new features are rolling out today for both new and existing Pixel Buds Pro users. If you’re interested in the new colors, you can pre-order them now for $199.99.
Wrapping It Up: A Comprehensive Upgrade
The latest updates to Pixel Buds Pro mark a comprehensive upgrade to Google’s wireless earbuds. From enhanced calling features and hands-free conversation detection to a focus on hearing wellness and Chromebook compatibility, the Pixel Buds Pro are setting a high bar in the wireless earbud market. Whether you’re on a call, engrossed in a game, or simply enjoying your favorite tunes, these earbuds promise an unparalleled user experience.