The earbuds will now be available in blue and porcelain shades, which matches the color scheme of the company’s latest smartphones. It is not yet clear whether the previous color options will be discontinued, but the more significant news is the introduction of several new software features that will be launched in the coming weeks.
One of the most important features is conversation recognition. Similar to offerings from Sony, Apple, and other brands, Pixel Buds Pro will now be able to detect when the user starts talking. Once detected, the headphones automatically switch to transparency mode, pausing any ongoing audio. Once the conversation is over, audio playback resumes and noise cancellation is reactivated. Users may want to disable this feature, especially if they often talk to themselves or sing along to music.
Voice call quality is expected to improve significantly with two new features. First, the Pixel Buds Pro will support Bluetooth Super Wideband, which improves voice clarity by doubling the bandwidth. However, this feature will be exclusive to Pixel 8 and later models. Second, the headphones will feature Google Clear Calling technology designed to minimize background noise during calls.
Google also emphasizes hearing health by introducing listening statistics. It will provide insight into users’ listening habits, including volume levels. If users are constantly listening to headphones at high volume, they will receive notifications with a suggestion to turn it down.
For mobile gamers, Pixel Buds Pro now have a low latency mode that activates automatically when you launch a compatible game. This mode aims to cut latency in half compared to previous versions.
Future software enhancements will be available to Pixel Buds Pro via firmware updates. As for the new color options, they are now available for pre-order for $199.99 in the US. It’s worth noting that the Bluetooth Super Wideband feature requires Pixel 8 or later devices, as stated in the company’s instructions.