At the end of March, we exclusively reported on Google’s upcoming wireless headphones, and the first image was leaked a week later. Google today ad the “Pixel Buds A-Series” on Twitter, though the reveal was entirely an accident.
@Android’s tweet was deleted after going live for about 10 minutes and likely the result of accidental planning.
This social media post said wireless headphones “have arrived” and heralded the recently redesigned Fast Pair experience. There are, however, no Made by Google ads or Google Store retail listings.
They are officially referred to as “Pixel Buds A-Series” both in the social media post and in the attached image. The pair shown is predominantly white from the circular tactile dome to a light gray underside and a stabilizing arc. This secondary color is also used for the inside of the pebble-shaped charging case, replacing the black color used today on 2nd generation headphones. A Google marketing email has already revealed a forest green tint.
Although we now know the name of Google’s next headset, nothing else was earned today. There is only a vague reference to “quality sound,” and it’s unclear how they differ from the $ 179 pair available today. The “A” brand implies something affordable like the Pixels 3a and 4a.
We’ve already seen evidence that the swipe volume gesture could be removed, and it’s likely that other cost cuts have been made.
At this point, an official reveal is likely imminent with I / O 2021 serving as a possible announcement opportunity.
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