As we approach Google I / O 2021, the rumor mill begins to point to new hardware, including a Pixel 5A and Pixel Buds A, a cheaper set of true wireless earbuds that fit under the company’s main pair. However, Google seems to have gotten ahead of itself because according to 9to5Google, a new email includes an image of olive-green Pixel Buds that are not part of the current lineup. The inside of the case is also color-coordinated with the buttons, which is not the case with the second generation Pixel Buds. Another indication that these are new is that the inward-facing part of the earbuds is also the same green.
So with those things in mind, we’re likely seeing the upcoming Pixel Buds A in this image. They look practically identical to the regular Pixel Buds, although the second LED in the charging case is either gone or just not visible in this shot. There’s always the chance that someone here has messed with the color tone to make it more closely matched to the Pixel 5, but that would be a bit unusual.
A recent filing with the Federal Communications Commission is probably for these earplugs. We’ll have to wait for Google’s final announcement to see which features have been reduced if the company does indeed plan to sell them at a significantly lower price than the standard Pixel Buds. With those going for $ 179, maybe Google will aim for a price of $ 99 or $ 129.
Google’s second-generation Pixel Buds had some connection stability issues on initial shipment, which the company tried to address over the course of several firmware updates. But some customers keep running into issues like dropouts and other bugs, so hopefully Google will have a say in connection strength when it comes to announcing this Pixel Buds A.