Tech & Science Google adds new gestures and pairing features to Pixel Buds

14:57  16 may  2018
14:57  16 may  2018 Source:   engadget.com

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5 Features (Assistant, Translate). 6 Conclusion. The Pixel Buds mark Google 's first foray into personal wireless audio. The Good. Gestures . There are also the controls the Pixel Buds lack: power off and pairing mode. There is no way to force the Pixel Buds off from the headphones themselves.

9to5 Google has discovered a couple of new features for the Pixel Buds hidden in the latest beta version of the Google app. But in the future, you can also use the gesture to skip to the next track while you're listening to music.

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While they were initially a little underwhelming, Google's Pixel Buds have gotten some new features lately, including Assistant-centric gestures like a touch and hold to start voice-command mode.

Just a few days ago, the company added a way to customize which apps send spoken notifications, too. Now, Google is adding two new tap gesture capabilities and easier pairing to its earbuds. The updates are rolling out today and should be out for all by early next week.

First up, you can triple-tap the right earbud to turn your Pixel Buds off or on, something Google says users have been requesting. Next, you can double tap to skip to the next track while playing music, a feature you'll need to set up in your Pixel Buds' settings in the Google Assistant app on your phone. You can still use a voice command to skip tracks, even with this new gesture enabled. Finally, your Pixel Buds will switch sound sources much more graciously: simply select them from your Bluetooth menu of any device and they'll drop the current connection and switch to the new one.

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Google has unveiled its own pair of earbuds today, calling it the Google Pixel Buds . The new Bluetooth neckbuds feature a circular design with a textured cord that loops into the user’s ear.

Pixel Buds can be used with Android or iOS smartphones, but the Google Assistant features are Notifications via Pixel Buds can be turned off when the smartphone paired with the earbuds is placed in Do Not Disturb mode. Calls are ended or declined with a tap-and-hold gesture on the right earbud.

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