Google introduces new ways to control the Pixel Buds

Ruben Fields
May 16, 2018

Google's Pixel Buds are... divisive.

A couple of months ago, a rumor cropped up suggesting that Google was planning on adding a double-tap to skip a track for Pixel Buds, one of the more oft-requested features for the wireless in-ear headphones.

One of the complaints levied at the devices was a lack of controls and customizable gestures.

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Double tap: Until now, double tapping let you hear notifications as they arrived on your phone. Your Pixel Buds will disconnect from the device you were using and connect to the new one. Moreover, the Pixel Buds allow users to control their audio volume by swiping forward or backward, as well as tap to play or pause the music.

The last update is for easier pairing with the ability to simply go to the Bluetooth menu of any device you've paired with previously and select Pixel Buds to have them automatically switch to the new device. You can turn them back on with the same gesture.

We didn't like the Pixel Buds in our review of them previous 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. The update rolls out beginning today and should be available to most users by early next week.

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