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Google today introduced its latest wire-free earbuds, the Pixel Buds A-Series, which at $99, are $60 cheaper than the standard AirPods and $100 cheaper than the AirPods with Wireless Charging Case.

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The Pixel Buds A-Series are the most affordable Pixel Buds Google has released to date, and they offer the same sound quality as prior versions of the Pixel Buds. Reviews have corroborated Google's claims on sound quality, suggesting they sound the same as the 2020 Pixel Buds.

Google has also updated the design of the Pixel Buds A-Series to create a good seal in the ears while ensuring a comfortable fit. Google says they've been designed with a "gentle seal" and a spatial vent to reduce in-ear pressure.

There's no noise cancellation as in the AirPods Pro, but Google has added an Adaptive Sound function that increases or decreases the volume of the headphones based on your surroundings.

For calls, there are beamforming microphones to focus on voice and reduce outside noise, and there's built-in Google Assistant connectivity with real-time language translation and other "Hey Google" features.

Pixel Buds A-Series come in white and dark olive and feature up to five hours of listening time on a single charge or up to 24 hours with the included charging case, which is similar to the AirPods battery life. They're IPX4 water resistant and Google says they can be worn during a sweaty workout or in the rain.

Google's Pixel Buds A-Series likely won't be as appealing to most iPhone users as AirPods because AirPods have a lot of built-in integrations that are missing with Pixel Buds, but the significant price drop could perhaps inspire Apple to make its own earbuds more affordable in the future to compete.

Pixel Buds A-Series are available for preorder in the United States and Canada and will be arriving to customers starting on June 17.

Article Link: Google's New Wire-Free Pixel Buds A-Series Are $60 Cheaper Than AirPods
 

turbineseaplane

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I just wish they, or Amazon, or "somebody major" would make essentially an AirPods 1/2 clone.

I really really love that form factor where it just rests in the ear and is semi-open to outside sounds. (as opposed to a "plug" type)

Alternatively, I wish Apple would just price the AirPods 1/2 style at the appropriate $79-99, particularly given their age and dated style/technology at this point in time.

Maybe they keep them around as AirPods Classic? (works for me!)
 

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I honestly think the basic AirPods should hit that $99 price point.
It's a 5 year old style and mostly dated tech/specs now.

There is no reason the wired charging case AirPods 2 are still $159. And wireless $40 more.

Not when the Pros with ANC are $250 and often $200 on sale. The Pros are a relatively good deal with ANC at that price and hold up to more expensive ANC buds.

But for super basic wireless buds, they are, and always were, a $99/$129 product really. They dont compete with other $160-$200 buds these days. When AirPods first same out sure, but tech has changed a lot.

Why mention the price diference when compared to the wireless charging case airpods if these don’t have a wireless charging case?

Not following. These are $99 and the wired charging Airpods 2 are $159. That is $60.

The wireless are $199
 
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turbineseaplane

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Remember when everybody made fun of the AirPods design and here we are a couple of years later, and everybody has copied/heavily bought from the design.

Have they though?

I'm frustrated nobody has copied the AP 1/2 style more closely and made an open ear design alternative that doesn't have the massive Apple tax
 

jk1221

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I was going to say these look NOTHING like Airpods other than the idea of the case. Which there are only so many ways to store buds to charge.

But not "douche pencil" buds as Flossy Carter would say. The stems look stupid (they were a tech limit of the time) and if all rumors (and the rumored/leaked Beats in-ear stemless that will likely be the same as the next Airpod Pro 2s) are true are going away anyway with Apple too. So is Apple then copying everyone else too removing the stem?

Let's not pretend everyone doesnt copy everyone else's good ideas. The iPhone would be trash today if Apple didnt borrow some ideas from Samsung et al.
 

turbineseaplane

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I was going to say these look NOTHING like Airpods other than the idea of the case. Which there are only so many ways to store buds to charge.

Fully agree.

Anyone else making wireless earbuds and then being accused of "copying Apple!!" feels like something John Gruber would say.

It's from the nonsensical world of "only Apple does things right" and if they did it first we never hear the end of it and if they did it after someone else...well then nobody has done it "like Apple has done it".

The Reality Distortion Field is alive, well, and stronger than ever.
 

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I'm still waiting for someone to make a decent pair of earbuds that can stand up to my sweaty summer suns. So far, only Jaybirds (the wired ones) have lasted me more than a year or two.
 

jk1221

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Fully agree.

Anyone else making wireless earbuds and then being accused of "copying Apple!!" feels like something John Gruber would say.

It's from the nonsensical world of "only Apple does things right" and if they did it first we never hear the end of it and if they did it after someone else...well then nobody has done it "like Apple has done it".

The Reality Distortion Field is alive, well, and stronger than ever.
Or like the iPhone would not be utter trash to say if Apple didnt borrow ideas from Android manufacturers.

We would still have low res LCD with a few MP camera and little storage. And plastic phones. Apple has VERY rarely been on the forefront of pushing meaningful tech forward (no, stuff LIDAR is a joke and useless real world); especially in phones. Most of it is tech others have worked out the kiinks in already.

Its utterly amazing. Its like people believe the nonsense of Apple marketing hype like they invent everything.
 

turbineseaplane

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@jk1221 All great points.

I often wonder how many iPhone enthusiasts realize how many CORE iPhone features actually started in the jailbreak scene also.

If Apple would get out from under its own ego they could have all their platforms enhanced dramatically and more quickly by the ideas and creativity of the masses.

It's amazing how much hubris this company has.
 
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