Video: Google’s latest Pixel Buds a wireless delight

by James Wilkinson

Google debuted its latest wireless Pixel Buds, the A-Series, in August and since then they have again proven to be a popular release, which is no surprise really given they offer a sensational sound experience at a great value price.

Pixel Buds A-Series retail for AU$159 and that’s a steal for the high-quality of sound you get, alongside the company’s hallmark offerings like the ‘Hey Google‘ interactivity and real-time translation.

“When we first introduced our truly wireless Pixel Buds, we were most excited about how such a small product could pack so much functionality,” said Google Australia and New Zealand Director – Devices and Services Business Organisation, Matt Gaskell.

“Now, we’re [offering] that same premium sound quality, along with hands-free help from Google Assistant and real-time translation, available at an even more affordable price.”

Gaskell said a premium audio experience with brilliant interactivity is what customers want and what’s on offer with the Pixel Buds A-Series.

“Our research shows that most people describe great sound as full, clear and natural,” he said. “This is what guides our audio tuning process and shows up in other devices, like Nest Audio. And Pixel Buds A-Series are no exception.

“Custom-designed 12mm dynamic speaker drivers deliver full, clear and natural sound, with the option for even more power in those low tones with Bass Boost.”

He said to experience the full range of the speaker’s capabilities, especially in the low frequencies, “a good seal is essential”.

“We’ve scanned thousands of ears to make Pixel Buds A-Series fit securely with a gentle seal,” Gaskell said.

“In order to keep the fit comfortable over time, a spatial vent reduces in-ear pressure. Each earbud also connects to the main device playing audio, and has strong individual transmission power, to keep your sound clear and uninterrupted.”

Sound quality can also be affected by your environment and 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,” he said. “And your calls will have great sound too.

“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‘.”

The ease of using Google Assistant is absolutely one of the highlights of the A-Series, as it has been since the Pixel Buds first launched, and the product is again as stylish as ever.

“Google Assistant is built right into the Pixel Buds A-Series,” Gaskell said. “You can get quick hands-free help to check the weather, get an answer, change the volume, or have notifications read to you with a simple ‘Hey Google‘.

“For Pixel Buds A-Series, we [also] wanted to bring back the iconic Clearly White, but added a twist with new grey undertones.

“Pixel Buds’ design is inspired by the idea that great things can come in small packages: Pixel Buds A-Series include up to five hours of listening time on a single charge or up to 24 hours using the charging case.

“With the ability to get a quick charge — about 15 minutes in the case gives you up to three hours of listening time — you can keep listening anywhere.

“They’re comfortable enough for those long listening sessions, and don’t worry if some of that time is devoted to a sweaty workout or a run in the rain: the earbuds are also sweat and water-resistant.”

A range of accessories are also available for the Pixel Buds A-Series, including the Tech21 EvoSlim — a lightweight case to shield your smallest tech from drops and scratches.

“It is made with a built-in microbe-reducing formula and has an easy-to-attach carabiner to help keep your Pixel Buds A-Series safe and close to hand,” Gaskell said.

The Pixel Buds A-Series are now available from the Google Store.