We’re not saying they’ve been discontinued, but if you go to Google’s online store in the US and Canada, you’ll find that there doesn’t seem to be an option to buy the second-generation true wireless Pixel Buds. The more recent Pixel Buds A-Series are: still available, but the special mention for the Pixel Buds themselves is gone.
Google won’t officially say if the second-generation Pixel Buds will reach the end of their life. what it shall confirm is that they are “currently out of stock on the Google Store in the US and Canada” and there is no additional stock. “Some third-party retailers may still have inventory available and will continue to be available for sale in other markets if inventory allows,” said a spokesperson. “Inventory permitting” certainly makes it sound like the Buds are reaching the end of their lives, but like I said, Google refuses to use the word “discontinued”.
android police reports that the buds are still available in Australia, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Singapore, Spain and the United Kingdom. Sure enough, in the UK Google Store the Pixel Buds are still available, but when it comes to third-party retailers, John Lewis lists them as unavailable with the comment that it will “probably not receive more inventory of this item.”
Ultimately, that’s a lot of signs that the second-gen Pixel Buds are on their way after being on sale for about a year. But given their average battery life and persistent reports of connectivity issues, we can’t say we’re surprised to see them go. If you’re an existing owner, Google says you’ll “continue to receive ongoing feature support, software fixes, and critical security updates.”