Google adds new gestures and pairing features to Pixel Buds


The hardware shop will sell Google Pixel 2 smartphones, Google Home and Google Home Mini smart speakers, Pixel Buds, Daydream View VR headsets and a variety of customizable smartphone cases. Despite significant flaws, I liked them quite a lot in my review, but plenty across tech media did not. You can still use voice commands to skip songs if you wish.

By default, a double tap gets Google to read your notifications out loud; the new function is definitely something I'd use more often. Anything you can do on your phone through the Assistant, you can with the Pixel Buds - so long as they're connected to your phone, anyway. Google has also updated the pairing of the Pixel Buds where users can now switch between devices easily just by selecting it from the Bluetooth menu on the device you want to connect to.

Triple tap: Pixel Buds can now be manually turned on or off by triple-tapping on the right earbud. You'll need to turn that on in the Google Assistant application on your phone though. They're called triple tap, double tap, and one-easy switch.

Still, it's a welcome update - one that might me make start using the Pixel Buds more often.

The update is starting its rollout today and should be available for everyone by early next week assuming everything goes well.