Tech & Science Google’s Pixel Buds have started shipping

18:54  13 november  2017
18:54  13 november  2017 Source:   The Verge

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The bad news is that if you didn’t drop 9 back in early October, sight-unseen, and now you’re regretting that decision, it’ll be over a month until new Pixel Bud orders start shipping , according to Google ’ s retail site.

For all I know, many Pixel 2 owners have never even heard music. Well, the silence is finally coming to an end. As reported on Android Police and 9to5 Google , early orders of Google Pixel Buds are now shipping .

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It might feel like Google is following Apple’s script right now: remove the headphone jack from your flagship phone, ship the phone with a depressingly bad dongle adapter, and announce a new pair of revolutionary Bluetooth headphones to divert the you-caused frustrations of your customers into additional retail transactions. But Google took things to a whole new level with the Pixel 2: it didn’t even include a cheap pair of USB-C headphones. For all I know, many Pixel 2 owners have never even heard music.

Well, the silence is finally coming to an end. As reported on Android Police and 9to5Google, early orders of Google Pixel Buds are now shipping. From shipping confirmation screenshots, it appears the $159 headphones will arrive somewhere around the middle of this week.

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Google tried to do a sleight of hand and distract disappointed users with the seemingly magical Pixel Buds , Google ’ s answer to the Apple AirPods. Those earbuds have started shipping to early buyers, and one, in particular, was kind enough to make it known on Reddit.

While the Google Pixel Buds were announced at the same time as the Pixel 2 devices, it’ s taken a bit more time for Google to start shipping these out. Android Authority reports that Google has started sending out shipping notifications for early orders.

Our own Dieter Bohn has already received a retail pair of Pixel Buds for review, and even did a quick demo on his Facebook page if you’re interested:

The bad news is that if you didn’t drop $159 back in early October, sight-unseen, and now you’re regretting that decision, it’ll be over a month until new Pixel Bud orders start shipping, according to Google’s retail site.

I tried out Google’s translating headphones. Here’s what I found. .
Google’s Pixel Buds won’t put translators out of business, but they're better than a phrase book.The most important thing you should know about Pixel Buds is that their full features only work with Google’s newest smartphone, the Pixel 2. While they’ll function with other phones, you must have a Google Pixel phone — last year's Pixels, the Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL (which, buyer beware, have had some early quality-control issues) —  to access the Pixel Buds’ marquee feature: real-time translation.

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