Google’s second-generation Pixel Buds may have just appeared in the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) filing, indicating that the company’s new true wireless earphones may get into the spring release window (via) 9to5Google).
Two new Google FCC registrations for wireless headphones appeared yesterday. The filings have two different model numbers, G1007 and G1008, which may correspond to one registration for each earphone. The documents do not explicitly state that these are the new Pixel Buds. A product that appears in the FCC is not always a confirmation that it is about to be launched. Given that Google has announced that the new Pixel Buds will be released sometime in the spring, it is likely that yesterday̵
According to Google, the new Pixel Buds have hands-free access to Google Assistant, passive noise cancellation, five hours of battery life on one charge, 24 hours of battery life with the case, and long-range Bluetooth that apparently can stay connected to your phone from up to three rooms away. They cost $ 179.
My colleague Nilay Patel was allowed to hold and wear the new Pixel Buds shortly after their announcement, but the ones he tried didn’t work yet. It is therefore unclear how good they sound or whether they keep Google’s promises.
We’re also waiting for Microsoft’s $ 249 Surface Earbuds, which were also announced last October but were later delayed this spring. Both Google and Microsoft will face strong competition from Apple’s popular AirPods and AirPods Pro, the new Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus, and other real wireless earbuds.