Google has released a substantial firmware update for the Pixel Buds Pro true wireless earbuds that adds several new key features. While not a hardware revision, the update brings meaningful improvements to core functionality.
Conversation Detection Leverages AI
One of the most notable additions is Conversation Detection. This uses AI to automatically switch the Pixel Buds Pro to Transparency mode when the wearer begins speaking.
The earbuds listen for the user’s voice and instantly enable passthrough audio to make conversations easier to hear. After detecting the discussion has ended, the buds then switch back to noise cancellation mode.
This intelligent triggering system is superior to simple timers used on some competitors’ models. It allows natural conversations without constantly adjusting settings manually.
Hearing Health Tracking Included
The update also introduces Hearing Health tracking to the Pixel Buds app. This provides data on listening volumes and exposure to excessive loud environments.
Monitoring these metrics allows users to be informed about potentially harmful listening habits over time. The stats can encourage better practices to avoid hearing damage.
Basic hearing health tracking is becoming a standard feature among premium wireless earbuds focused on sound quality and safety.
Low Latency Mode Benefits Gamers
For gaming, a new low latency mode cuts audio delay by 50% during gameplay. This tighter synchronization between audio and video improves immersion.
It’s uncertain if the optimization works across all games or needs specific compatibility. But the reduced lag should provide a smoother gaming experience and competitive edge.
Two other unconfirmed but expected additions are Clear Calling for improved call quality and Super Wideband audio support.
Clear Calling uses AI noise reduction so voices sound clearer on phone calls, super Wideband enables higher 16kHz call quality through the LC3 codec.
New Color Options Too
Alongside the firmware update, Google unveiled two new colors for Pixel Buds Pro – Porcelain and Sky Blue. These complement the Pixel 8 series smartphones also launches, crazy deal from google! Up to $800 trade in and a FREE Pixel Watch 2 or Pixel Buds Pro!
Major update elevates Pixel Buds Pro capabilities considerably without any hardware changes. Conversation Detection, gaming lag reduction, and hearing health tracking bring valuable new functionality.