Google’s first true wireless headphones, the new Pixel Buds, were announced at the Made By Google event in October last year and since then we have seen them appear at the Bluetooth SIG, Wireless Power Consortium and also at an online retailer for pre-order. The final regulatory body that they usually have to make their way to is the FCC and today they have done just that.
Two listings for Pixel Buds, G1007 and G1008, appeared at the FCC today and were spotted by the folks at 9to5Google. It is unclear at this stage just what these two numbers represent — they could represent the earbuds separately or the earbuds together as one listing and the charging case as another listing.
Both listings do have Bluetooth onboard which lends itself to one listing for each earbud — but that seems strange and it is possible that the case does have Bluetooth to be able to communicate charging levels to the earbuds and / or a phone.
The listing also notes that the FCC ID cannot be fit onto an item so small and thus only listed on the packaging and the user manual — how it could not fit onto the charging case I’m not sure but we’ll have to wait and see I suppose.
The new true wireless Pixel Buds were expected to launch at Google I/O at the beginning of May but now that Google I/O is cancelled, along with everything else, we expect Google to release them relatively quietly with a blog post and a short YouTube video.
The earbuds themselves we already know about thanks to the announcement last year. The buds are expected to last for five hours with another 24 hours in the charging case. They will arrive with adaptive sound to adjust the volume relative to your surroundings — there will be no ANC though. The sides will be touch sensitive for controlling the earbuds and will be able to detect your Google Assistant hotwords.
With sweat and water resistance and available in Oh So Orange, Clearly White, Quite Mint and Almost Black we are not sure on the exact Australian pricing just yet but as with all Google products do not expect them to be cheap. Keep an eye out for them arriving in around six weeks time.