Google’s $199 Pixel Buds Pro add active noise cancellation to its lineup


Google’s new Pixel Buds Pro debuted Wednesday at Google I/O Developer Conference for $199 (which converts to around £160 and AU$290), and the new wireless headphones focus particularly on active noise cancellation.

Google said the new headphones, which go on sale July 21, include built-in sensors to measure pressure inside an ear canal. Google says the technology, dubbed SilentSeal, is intended to provide a tight seal to block outside sound while preventing a clogged-ear feeling.


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For the noise cancellation itself, Google says it pairs custom speakers with a custom six-core audio chip running the company’s algorithms.

Pixel Buds Pro in a case leaning against a wireless charger

The Pixel Buds Pro case supports wireless charging.

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Google is also offering Pixel Buds Spatial Audio, a feature expected to arrive later in 2022, with support for movies and TV shows on compatible Pixel phones.

The wireless headphones will also support multipoint Bluetooth connections, allowing the headphones to automatically switch between two devices. Google says this will include all devices, including iOS devices. Multipoint connectivity has been available on other wireless headphones and earbuds in the past, and it’s especially useful when switching between a phone and a computer.

The Pixel Buds Pro will also be IPX4 water resistant, and the case will be IPX2 water resistant with support for wireless charging. Google says the headphones will last for 11 hours of listening time or up to 7 hours with active noise cancellation. They will also be available in four colors: Coral (reddish-pink), Lemongrass (yellow), Fog (white) and Charcoal (black).

The Pixel Buds Pro were among a number of announcements made by Google on Wednesday, including a reveal of the Pixel 6A telephone and first glances at the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro telephones, a Pixel Watcha Pixel tablet and updates to Android 13 (here is how to download the beta).


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