The Google Pixel Buds Pro is a new pair of headphones that can compete with high-end wireless headphones. Google announced these new buds at Google I/O 2022 on May 11. They have Active Noise Canceling and are priced to be cheaper than Apple’s AirPods Pro and the same as Samsung’s Galaxy Buds Pro.
We liked Google’s Pixel Buds 2 and Pixel Buds A-Series, but the Pixel Buds Pro is the missing link. Not only do they have Active Noise Canceling, but it looks like Google is also doing a lot to predict user problems.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Google Pixel Buds Pro.
Google Pixel Buds Pro Release Date
Google says it will start selling the Pixel Buds Pro on July 28. They were supposed to be available for pre-order on July 21, but that only happened in a few countries.
Google Pixel Buds Pro Price
Pixel Buds Pro will cost $199/AU$299 and come in four colors: coral, lemongrass, fog, and charcoal. That’s $50 less than the Apple AirPods Pro, which has the same set of features.
If you want something more neutral, choose one of the other colors instead of Coral. Google isn’t releasing Pixel Buds as it did before. Instead, it’s doing things differently and making all the colors available in many more countries.
The Pixel Buds Pro will be available in all colors at launch in all 12 launch countries, including the US, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Japan. The Pixel Buds Pro will also be sold in Canada, Australia, Ireland, Taiwan, and Singapore, but only in a few colors.
Google Pixel Buds Pro Features
The Pixel Buds Pro’s ANC is powered by a custom 6-core audio chip with its own algorithms that blasts music through custom drivers. A user who got a pair of Google Pixel Buds Pro early says it works well. Read; Huawei Freebuds Pro 2 Review: Buff Up
Google uses a technology called Silent Seal to adapt to your ears. This is similar to how the AirPods Pro’s Ear Tip Fit Test works. In a press release, this is because Google admits that “it’s not always possible for the ear tips to create a perfect seal that stops sound from leaking in from the outside.” So, Silent Seal will try to cancel out the noise as much as possible based on your ear. Sensors will measure the pressure in your ear canal to ensure you are comfortable.
Google says that Pixel Buds Pro will let you adjust to windy situations and have a Transparency mode so you can hear outside sounds for your safety.
Google has a “Multipoint connectivity” feature so that when you move between “previously paired Bluetooth devices,” Pixel Buds Pro will automatically switch the sound you hear. Google says that its latest audio switching technology builds on its Fast Pair feature, which lets you quickly pair your headphones with your Android device and add them to your Google Account to work with all your other Android devices. Read More; Apple AirPods Pro 2: What We Know So Far
It uses information about what you’re doing right now to decide how to prioritize audio between phone calls, messages, alerts, and media playback. So, if you’re listening to a YouTube trailer on your tablet and get a message on your phone, the audio won’t change. But if you get a phone call, the sound in your headphones will change so you can take the call and talk to the person on the other end. This support for switching between audio streams is expected to come to other brands, and “iOS phones” (also known as iPhones) are said to be supported.
The Pixel Buds Pro’s Volume EQ will also change the tuning as you change the overall volume. This should make sure that the audio levels stay the same.
Pixel Buds Pro is also water resistant, with an IPX4 rating. This means that a few water splashes won’t hurt them or stop you from listening. The same score is given to the AirPods Pro. The Pixel Buds Pro case is waterproof to an IPX2 level.
Google Pixel Buds Pro Battery Life
Google says that the Pixel Buds Pro can be used for up to 11 hours, but if ANC is turned on, that number drops to 7 hours. That’s about a half-hour less than our top pick for the best noise-canceling earbuds, the Jabra Elite Active 75t, but a lot longer than the Apple AirPods Pro, which can only be used for 4.5 hours with ANC. Read Also; Nokia 5710 XpressAudio Wireless Earbuds
The Pixel Buds Pro is the missing link in the Google Pixel Buds line, but they won’t be done when they come out. Another feature Google plans to add to the AirPods Pro “later this year” is spatial audio. This will let people who listen to certain shows or movies feel more like they are in the show or movie. For example, I could feel like Vin Diesel and the rest of the Fast family talk around me instead of at me.
When the Google Pixel Buds Pro is released on July 28, Tom’s Guide will test them. Wait for our full review to find out if they are on our list of the best wireless earbuds.