December 5, 2017

Leading up to Google’s October 4 event, we knew that Google was planning to introduce a pair of wireless earbuds that would compete with the likes of Apple’s AirPods. The key differentiator for Pixel Buds — besides Android optimizations — is the Google Assistant. They seemed more sophisticated and feature packed than the competition even with the wire connecting the buds.

As we wrote in the Pixel Buds’ review, these are the smartest earbuds you can buy, but with some clear flaws. Unfortunately, though, those flaws were enough for me to return my personal set and switch back to using AirPods with my Pixel 2…

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October 10, 2017

Truly wireless headphones are the latest craze in the “wearable” industry, and the top player right now, for good reason, is Apple’s AirPods. The $159 wireless earbuds are perfect for iPhone users, but they also work pretty well with Android. Now an Android developer has taken that to the next level by giving AirPods the ability to summon Google Assistant.

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Everyone can use an Echo Dot: Just $50!

October 4, 2017

Google’s Pixel Buds use Assistant to auto-pair to your phone, just like Apple’s AirPods [Update]

Google’s new Bluetooth headphones, the Pixel Buds, use Google Assistant to do some pretty incredible things such as translating languages on the fly. However, there’s one thing (aside the from the cable) that we thought would set them back from Apple’s AirPods, and that was pairing. Thankfully, Google has worked out a solution.

July 24, 2017

Since the announcement of Bixby at Samsung’s Galaxy S8 event in February, critics and consumers alike have had mixed feelings about the company’s new AI. There are some things that Bixby is good at, and then there are other areas where the assistant falls completely flat.

Bixby is made up of many different layers, but one of its most important is its voice component. Samsung just recently rolled out Bixby Voice features on the Galaxy S8/S8+ in the US following a delay, and according to a new report from ET News, Samsung is now supposedly working on Bixby-powered Bluetooth earbuds that won’t be all that different from Apple’s AirPods.

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December 29, 2016

There have been a lot of rumors and reports flying around the release of Samsung’s next flagship, the Galaxy S8. We’ve heard it’ll ditch hardware navigation keys, pack a massive display on one variant, and sadly, drop the headphone jack. Along with that omission, Samsung is reportedly looking to push wireless audio further with the release of a new pair of truly wireless earbuds.

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January 15

January 5

If you can believe it, CES 2018 starts next week which means a bunch of us are making our way to Las Vegas, Nevada. As 9to5Google’s only Nevadan writer, I will be driving to the show which means I have extra cargo room to bring everything that I may need to capture this year’s announcements and more. Here’s what I am bringing with me to CES 2018…

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December 11, 2017

Google’s hardware lineup expanded greatly this year, and this holiday season perhaps marks the first time that there’s actually been enough Google hardware to choose from that you might want to pick and choose. Between Chromecast, Google Home, Pixelbook, Pixel Buds, and more, there’s definitely some standouts that are obviously great gifts, and some you might want to pass on…

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November 28, 2017

Analytics data from Adobe shows Cyber Monday projected to be the largest online sales day in history, with a total spend of $6.59B.

Chromecast and Samsung tablets were among the most popular purchases, with those shopping on Android devices spending an average of $110 each …

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November 17, 2017

Google has been working hard over the past year to push Google Assistant in as many places as possible. Between smart speakers, basically every phone on the market, and even laptops, the Assistant is in a ton of places. Recently, it’s been extending to headphones, and just in time for the Pixel 2 to ditch the headphone jack, Google has debuted the first earbuds with Assistant built-in, the Pixel Buds.

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November 16, 2017

How to manually pair the Google Pixel Buds with smartphones, laptops, other devices

Alongside its two flagship smartphones, Google released the Pixel Buds. These Bluetooth headphones, which compete with Apple’s AirPods, are meant to pair with any of the Pixel smartphones or the PixelBook so that they can work with the Assistant. But as they are first and foremost Bluetooth headphones, there is a way to use them with other devices. Here’s how…

November 11, 2017

Google’s first set of wireless, Assistant built-in headphones has finally hit the market this week with the Pixel Buds. Units are on their way to early buyers and the product is finally available on the Google Store again.

The question on everyone’s minds, though, is if they are worth the $159 price point. I’ll be answering that in my final review later this week, but for now, let’s go over my first 24 hours with the Buds.

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November 10, 2017

Google has been trying to get Assistant in just about every part of your digital life, and its latest expansion has been to headphones. Following the Bose Qc35 II’s intro to Assistant Built-in headphones, Google debuted the Pixel Buds at its October 4th event. Now we’ve got a pair on hand, so let’s see what’s in the box and how to set them up.

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In what seemed partially intended to be consolation for removing the headphone jack from the Google Pixel 2, the Mountain View company announced the Google Pixel Buds last month, a pair of semi-wireless headphones (they’re still wired to each other, but not your phone). Now, those who had fast fingers on October 4th are seeing their orders ship with expected delivery early next week.

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November 2, 2017

October 31, 2017

When Google announced the Pixel Buds at the beginning of the month, we found out that the company had developed “Fast Pair” to painlessly connect your compatible headphones to your Android device. Thanks to a new blog post by Google, we now have more details on how this technique works…

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October 27, 2017

Wireless headphones are available everywhere, and a lot of them are pretty great. However, Google has introduced a new auto pair feature with its latest Pixel phones that sets some wireless headphones apart from the crowd, and one of the first to support it is the Q Adapt On-Ear from Libratone.

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October 12, 2017

Samsung’s Gear Sport smartwatch, IconX buds will be available from October 27th

Samsung has today announced availability for two of its upcoming products, the Samsung Gear Sport and the new Gear IconX earbuds. The former will run you a steep $300, while the latter is still on the premium end of the earbuds market at $200.

October 11, 2017

One way Google addressed the lack of a 3.5mm headphone jack on the Pixel 2 at their October 4th event was by introducing Pixel Buds. These Bluetooth headphones feature the Google Assistant built-in, Fair Pair, and a real-time translation feature.

Fortunately, Google has now confirmed beyond a shadow of a doubt that the neat latter feature will also work on last year’s Pixel and Pixel XL.

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October 4, 2017

Alongside the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, Google announced a whole slew of new products. These include a new premium Chromebook called the Pixelbook, two new Google Homes, Assistant-powered Bluetooth headphones, and more. Below are all of the places currently selling the search giant’s latest products…

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