- Google is reportedly working on a new affordable true wireless earbud line.
- Dubbed the Pixel Buds A, the product may adopt the Pixel Buds’ aesthetic and feature touch controls.
- There’s no word on price or availability details just yet.
Update, April 6, 2021 (04:00 PM ET): It looks like there will be a set of Pixel Buds A after all. We can say this with confidence because Google itself just leaked the info (via 9to5Google).
Apparently, Google sent out a mass email to Nest users that included both the name of the new earbuds as well as an image. The image shows a set of green-colored buds and a companion case. The Google Pixel Buds A appear to be very close in design to the originals, so it will be interesting to see what Google cuts as far as features go to keep the price down.
Original article, March 31, 2021 (02:12 PM ET): Google is reportedly readying a new pair of true wireless earbuds for release this year, namely the Pixel Buds A.
According to 9to5Google, the Buds A may play a similar role in Google’s audio products line as the Pixel a series does for its smartphones. The publication believes the Buds A will be the entry-level variant to the Pixel Buds proper.
Aesthetically, the Buds A will reportedly mimic the Pixel Buds‘ design in all but color options. While Google offered the Pixel Buds with black accents, the Buds A are believed to wear an all-white design akin to Apple AirPods. Another forest green option may also be available as an alternative.
The Buds A may also offer touch controls on both buds for controlling media or accessing Google Assistant. There’s no word on which features will get the boot to keep its price in check, though.
Pixel Buds A: When might we see them?
So, when could we see Google debut its affordable Pixel Buds line? As the Pixel Buds debuted alongside the Pixel 4 series last year, it’s possible that the Buds A could arrive alongside Google’s rumored Pixel 5a. If that is the case, don’t be too surprised if the Buds A only make an appearance later this year.
Of course, Google may also choose to dish out the Buds A a little earlier or alongside its forthcoming mystery wireless streaming product.
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