Google is finally joining the trend Apple launched in 2017 with AirPods - true wireless headphones. The problem is the waiting time because the Pixel Buds 2 are only announced for spring 2020. GIGA audio expert Stefan weighs up whether the wait for the start of sales is really worthwhile.
True wireless headphones literally mean absolutely no cable, just two earplugs. Google currently has in-ear headphones with the Pixel Buds (1st generation), but they are still equipped with a connection cable/neck strap and apart from that they are not great either. Together with the top Pixel 4 (XL) smartphone and some Nest products, the Pixel Buds 2 were also shown - maybe Google will succeed in overtaking the competition?
Google promises a battery life of up to 5 hours on one charge. With reloading per case (transport case) you should reach 24 hours.
The design of the Pixel Buds 2 fits the design language that Google also follows for the Pixel 4 and the 2019 Nest devices: functional, simple, free of pomp and splendor. The cases are round and hardly stick out of their ears - this minimalist and reserved look should be well received by many prospective buyers.
The Pixel Buds 2 are equipped with "ventilation slots" ("Spatial Vent"), which should give the wearer an airy feeling. Some True Wireless headphones feel very oppressive as if you had put two corks in your ears - that's not the case here.
"Ok Google" starts the Google Assistant without pressing a separate button. This corresponds to the "Hey Siri" function on the Apple AirPods (2nd generation) and other new headphones, which thanks to energy-efficient chips can always listen without rapidly losing battery charge.
Real-time translations: We already know this feature from its predecessor. A useful feature that is basically available for all headphones that work with the Google Assistant.
For "the new Pixel Buds" (official name) you can currently register on Google in a waiting list.
With the Pixel Buds 2, the Google Assistant always listens with Google showing new headphones on request, but they only come onto the market months later - I would not have expected that. So far there has not even been the possibility to listen to the samples, so that no comparisons to competing products from Sony, Apple, Sennheiser and others are possible. All in all, this “teaser” remains incomprehensible.