Google updates Pixel Buds with support for new gestures

Google adds new gestures and pairing features to Pixel Buds

When you use Pixel Buds with your Pixel phone, or any other Android device with the Assistant, you can touch and hold the right earbud to ask for your favourite playlist, make a call, send a message, etc.

These updates are rolling out starting today, with full availability by early next week. This double-tap gesture now prompts your notifications to be read aloud, but you can switch this to skip songs via your Pixel Buds' settings in the Google Assistant app on your phone. Now, you can set double-tap to skip to the next track. There will also be the double tap which previously was used to let users hear new notifications. It will then switch devices to the new one. The first is related to Bluetooth pairing between different devices, which is now easier and faster: to switch from one device to another, simply select the Buds from the Bluetooth menu of the second device, and the earphones will automatically disconnect from the first.

Google adds new gestures and pairing features to Pixel Buds

Lastly, you can now turn the headphones on and off with a triple tap on the right earbud.

We didn't like the Pixel Buds in our review of them past year, thanks to a confusing Assistant experience, weird charging case, one-fit-for-all sizing, single Bluetooth connection, and the lack of controls like the ability to skip a track without voice.

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