Google is still relatively new to the truly wireless earbuds game, but its Pixel Buds have been a popular product. Unfortunately for fans, the company has quietly snuffed out its 2020 earbuds. This news comes to us from Android Central.
Google quietly removed the earbuds
Google didn’t make any announcements or post any updates about the change; it just nipped the Pixel Buds from the Play Store. This means that folks who were thinking of buying them will have to look elsewhere. This follows a pattern that Google has been quickly removing its products.
This is a move to place focus on the Pixel Buds A. The similar, yet cheaper, earbuds are Google’s latest addition to the market. They’ve been rumored for a while before their release, and have received generally positive reviews. What really makes them shine is the sub $100 price. Though they had to cut a few premium features, they prove to have a good value for the money.
The fact that Google put the axe to the original Pixel Buds means that the A series should be selling well. With the OnePlus Buds Pro coming out and other brands launching earbuds, the market is really competitive now.
For those who still want to get the original Pixel Buds, don’t worry. A spokesperson at Google told Android Central that they are still being offered at third-party retailers- which makes sense. It shouldn’t be hard to find a pair on a site like Amazon or eBay. Here’s a link to a sale that’s still going on at Staples.
What do the Pixel Buds A offer?
There was a lot of anticipation leading up to the launch of the Pixel Buds A. The new earbuds retained a similar design to their premium siblings but are more comfortable.
There was much speculation as to how they were going to sound. The sound is indistinguishable from the original Pixel Buds. This may seem weird, but Google is no stranger to retaining quality specs with its “A” devices. The Pixel 3a retained the exceptional camera performance from the Pixel 3.
For the price, there are some neat features that users might like. You get hands-free access to Google Assistant, and IPX4 water resistance. This means that you can use them while working out and not have to worry about sweat getting into them.
While these are all great to have, in order to get the lower price, Google had to cut a couple of features. For starters, the case doesn’t support wireless charging. The swipe gestures that were on the original Pixel buds are gone and the battery life could be better. If you are interested in buying a pair of Pixel Buds A; then, you can buy them for only $99.