The Google Pixel Buds update you were waiting for has arrived

Joanna Estrada
May 16, 2018

Despite significant flaws, I liked them quite a lot in my review, but plenty across tech media did not.

As noted above, the software update for the wireless headphones is rolling out today, so keep an eye out. There was no way to skip tracks without summoning the Google Assistant, for instance. Even still, there have been a number of highly requested features since their launch, and Google has listened and is introducing two new gestures and Bluetooth switching on-device. You can enable it within the Google Assistant app settings on your phone.

Lastly, Pixel Buds now work better when paired to multiple devices. When you use Pixel Buds with your Pixel or other Android device with the Assistant, simply touch and hold the right earbud to ask for your favorite playlist, make a call, send a message or get walking directions to dinner. All you have to do is choose the Pixel Buds on the device you want to stream from (provided you have paired both up in the past), and they'll disconnect from the device they're now connected to and start streaming from the new one. You can turn them back on with the same gesture.

Maybe I'm being too picky, but I wish on/off were active quadruple-tap.

The first change is an adjustment to the tapping actions you can perform. The lack of track skipping was one of the Pixel Buds' more questionable omissions compared to the Apple AirPods.

Google says that this update is rolling out today and should hit everyone by next week.

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