Google Pixel Buds A-Series Overview Updated April 6, 2021

Google Pixel Buds A: Everything we know so far

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March 2021 - June 2021

Google is preparing a new set of true wireless earbuds for 2021, the “Pixel Buds A,” just one year after the most recent model launched.

Features: What features and specs will Google Pixel Buds A have?

Design and dimensions

The first source of information we had for the Google Pixel Buds A was a pair of FCC listings, full of technical documents about the testing of the new earbuds. One tidbit we found is that each individual bud of the new Pixel Buds will measure in at 27 x 20 x 15mm, which is almost exactly the same dimensions as last year’s set — excluding the rubber eartips. From this, we could guess that Google may not be shaking up the design with the Pixel Buds A.

From our own reporting, we can confirm that the Pixel Buds A and their charging case should look almost identical to last year’s earbuds, but in two new color schemes, white and green. Where the 2020 earbuds featured prominent black accents both on the buds themselves and the inside of the charging case, the Pixel Buds A color scheme will carry on throughout the design.

Thanks to an email from Google Nest, we’ve actually gotten an early look at what the Pixel Buds A look like in their forest green colorway. From what we can see, the green seems to be distinctly darker than the “Sorta Sage” seen on the Pixel 5. Additionally, we can see that the interior of the charging case uses an even darker shade of green, where the second-generation Pixel Buds case had an all-black interior.

The email, which highlights new features coming to Google devices, contains links to the Google Store at the bottom with the Pixel Buds A listed over “Accessories.”

This small image gives us our first full glance at the new headphones, which is more thoroughly colored across the earbuds, wing tips, and charging case. 

Touch controls

Like both generations of Made by Google earbuds before them, the Pixel Buds A will offer touch controls for both media controls and access to the Google Assistant. The touch controls themselves should be almost identical, if not exactly the same as last year.

Better connectivity

The biggest known improvement of these new Pixel Buds over the previous model was also laid out in the FCC documentation.

The most important tidbit we’ve spotted is that Google may be attempting to address the somewhat frequent disconnection issues with the current Pixel Buds. While these new Pixel Buds use the exact same Bluetooth bands as the current generation, the power output is significantly higher — 8mW/16mW on 2020 Pixel Buds versus 13.24mW/19.82mW on this new model. This should help boost the signal strength, reducing the likelihood of disconnects.

High-end or low-end?

One of the bigger lingering questions is whether these new Pixel Buds will be a higher-end revamp of last year’s pair or a low-end set meant to complement the affordable Pixel 5a. On the high end, the Pixel Buds lineup could certainly use a model with noise cancellation to compete with models from Apple and Samsung. Meanwhile, on the lower end, the current $179 price tag of the Pixel Buds is a bit steep for someone buying a $350 phone.

So far, the only clue we have to the answer to this question is the “Pixel Buds A” name itself. Considering the Pixel 3a and Pixel 4a before it, it’s possible that the “A” designation means these new earbuds will be more affordable than the flagship set.

Release date: When will Google Pixel Buds A come out?

Last year’s Pixel Buds released in late April after being announced six months earlier at Made by Google 2019. It’s possible that the Pixel Buds A could launch in the same window, or perhaps closer to May when Google traditionally intends to release their Pixel “a” phone for the year. It’s impossible to know for certain at this point.

One thing we do know is that Google will almost certainly unveil the Pixel Buds A somewhere in the spring or summer season. The images in the FCC listings for the Pixel Buds A are listed as confidential until mid-September 2021, weeks before the usual Made by Google event window.

Google Pixel Buds A-Series Stories June 4

The price difference between Pixel Buds and Pixel Buds A-Series is significant at roughly $90. With such a huge disparity between the two, how do Pixel Buds and Pixel Buds A-Series compare? What are you giving up on the more affordable product? Let’s break it down.

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Google Pixel Buds A-Series Stories June 3

Google fixed the frustrating audio cutouts on Pixel Buds A-Series — Here’s how

Today, Google launched its widely-leaked, more affordable earbuds, the Pixel Buds A-Series. The $99 buds aren’t really all that different compared to their $180 big brother, but because of that, we have to address the elephant in the room: Does Pixel Buds A-Series suffer from the same audio cutouts as the originals?

Following the 2nd-generation Nest Hub, the next major new product from Made by Google is the Pixel Buds A-Series. As the name implies, Google is offering a more affordable pair of truly wireless earbuds that build on the company’s success with mid-tier phones.

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After a flawed first attempt at wireless earbuds in 2017, the second-generation Pixel Buds were, on paper, an absolute win for Google. However, over time, audio cutouts and complaints about battery life soured some users on the $180 earbuds. Now, the Pixel Buds A-Series are making their debut with virtually the same design, but a price that’s nearly cut in half.

After using them for the past week, I can definitively say they’re the better product.

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Google Pixel Buds A-Series Stories May 7

Google’s audio accessory efforts have been a mixed bag, but the 2020 Pixel Buds were on the whole fairly solid. With the Pixel “a” series offering affordability, the Pixel Buds A-series might be the perfect companion.

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Google Pixel Buds A-Series Stories May 4

At the end of March, we exclusively reported about Google’s next wireless earbuds, and the first image leaked a week later. Google today announced the “Pixel Buds A-Series” on Twitter, though the reveal was entirely an accident.

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