Prior to its July 28 release, Google’s Pixel Buds Pro have already been made available to users. This gives us an idea of what to expect and enables us to compare them to the A-Series.
u/Linkakox on Reddit posted posted this morning on the r/GooglePixel subreddit that his Pixel Buds Pro had somehow already arrived at his door.
The French retailer Fnac.com had taken care of the order. According to reports, the pre-order was placed on July 21 but the site hadn’t yet implemented the pre-order restriction, allowing this person to allegedly acquire their order early.
What does this indicate, regardless of the method?
Well, let’s start with some initial thoughts on the earphones. The Pixel Buds Pro have greater audio quality when listening to music than the Pixel Buds A-Series, and they are also physically larger. When compared to Pixel Buds A-Series, they reportedly feel less secure in terms of fit.
Multipoint audio looks to be functioning, and active noise cancellation (ANC) also seems to be good.
Below is a small series of images that showcases the earbuds’ packaging and makes a comparison with the Pixel Buds A-Series. The Pro model’s appearance is noticeably more bulbous than the A-Series, and it obviously lacks the fin found on earlier Google earbuds. The Pixel Buds Pro’s casing appears to be substantially bigger and thicker. Another picture that was sent to us shows a tiny tube with extra eartips inside. There is absolutely no charging apparatus in the box—not even a USB-C cable. Of course, even though it’s a wireless charger, Pixel Buds Pro can use the same charger as your Pixel.
We dug a little deeper and questioned u/Linkakox about the software situation with the Pixel Buds Pro, which from these initial impressions seems to be the only thing holding these earbuds back from being ready for everyone.
All of the capabilities of Pixel Buds Pro, including ANC settings, are not supported by the current Pixel Buds companion app. Touch controls, however, appear to be effective for switching between ANC and Transparency settings. The two modes can be switched between by holding down an earpiece for two seconds.
Multipoint is even accessible from the settings menu on Android. Given that Multipoint is a Bluetooth capability and that Google is just using Fast Pair for intelligent switching, it was believed that the Buds would function with a Windows computer.
On July 28, Google will begin distributing the Pixel Buds Pro to all customers, bringing with it ANC, a proprietary audio processor, and a battery life of up to 31 hours. Follow us for more.
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