Today, Google revealed that it would launch Google Pixel Buds headsets in new colors. These headphones will soon (if not immediately) be available on “Oh So Orage”, “Quite Mint” and “Almost Black” in the United States. For users who already have a pair of Pixel Buds in their ears, Google has released a software update that adds several features to the hardware.
If you’re in the mood to see Google Assistant functionality, the latest update allows for a number of new features. You can now ask Google to toggle its Pixel Buds touch controls (off or on). Now you can ask Google for your buds’ current battery charge with a command like “Hey Google, what’s the battery for my headphones?” You can also do this in the Pixel Buds app.
The latest update to Google Pixel Buds adds the ability to include headphones in “Find My Device”. With this system, if you lose your Pixel Buds, you will be able to see the “last known location” of said buttons on a map. This system works “even when they are no longer connected to your Android phone”.
This week, Google activated live transcription with Google Buds. This system was developed to assist in transcription and translation at the same time, but it can be used to transcribe speech in the same way that is available in the basic Google Translate application.
The transcript is available in English and also translated from / into French, German, Italian and Spanish.
The latest update to the Google Pixel Buds app includes a couple of new features: bass boost and share detection. Bass boost does exactly as you expect – it increases the amount of bass you get from any audio. Share detection is a little more interesting.
Share detection can detect when you have one headset and the other is delivered to a friend. After sharing, you can change the volume of the audio provided for each individual headset. If you hand over a headset to an elderly neighbor, you can increase the volume of the headset, while keeping yours at a minimum.
The Google Pixel Buds update should arrive in the form of an updated Google Pixel Buds app in the very near future – if not by the end of today!