The sequel to Apple’s AirPods Pro, likely to be called the second-generation AirPods Pro, which we’ll therefore shorten to AirPods Pro 2, are supposed to arrive later this year. However, two new reports suggest that Google may be about to reveal new headphones designed to challenge Apple’s top model. Famous leaker Jon Prosser tweeted that the Google Pixel Buds Pro will be available soon.
While not specific, it’s worth remembering that Google is hosting a big event, Google I/O, on Wednesday May 11 and Thursday May 12. This means that if Jon Prosser is correct, it’s highly likely that Google will reveal its new in-ear headphones this week, a few months before the AirPods Pro 2 are expected. If Google doesn’t announce the Pixel Buds Pro then, expect a reveal alongside the next Pixel phone, the Pixel 7 Pro, later this year.
Google Pixel Buds Pro coming 🔜
Real Red, Carbon, Limoncello, Fog
— Jon Prosser (@jon_prosser) May 3, 2022
Jon Prosser doesn’t say anything else about the headphones except the colors. And there, there is an immediate difference between the AirPods and the Pixel Buds Pro. Apple’s in-ear headphones have only ever been available in one color: white. Only the over-ear AirPods Max got more colorful.
But Jon Prosser says the Google Pixel Buds Pro will come in four different hues, each of which fits perfectly with the company’s slightly offbeat naming conventions: Real Red, Carbon, Limoncello and Fog. No white in this batch, right?
So what else can we assume about the Google Pixel Buds Pro?
Assuming the name is correct, companies don’t add the Pro suffix without thinking. It’s hard to imagine Pro headphones that don’t come with noise cancellation, so we can expect this feature to be a no-brainer.
The Google Pixel Buds A-Series current ones don’t have the noise canceling function, but they have a very interesting price: 99 dollars. We can safely assume that the Pixel Buds Pro will cost a lot more than that, because a higher price is consistently part of the subtext of what Pro means. Since the cheaper A-Series headphones include silicone tips, chances are they’ll be in the mix on any Pro model.
And compatibility with Google Assistant is a certainty.
The second report comes from Android Police, which notes that Google is working on spatial audio and dynamic head tracking for the next version of smartphone software, Android 13, which will also be a big part of the Google event. for sure.
Writer and podcaster Mishaal Rahman thinks that expectation is also justified.
So when the Google Pixel Buds Pro appear, chances are these features will also be included. Apple offers Spatial Audio and Dynamic Head Tracking on AirPods Pro and the latest third-generation AirPods.
We’ll find out in just a few days if the Pixel Buds Pro are announced, but, even if they weren’t, it might just be a matter of time.
Article translated from Forbes US – Author: David Phelan
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