That’s because, while they may be getting announced alongside the Pixel 4, the Pixel Buds aren’t going to launch alongside them.

Clearly they’re not yet ready to be tested out, and the company’s claims of improved audio quality over the original Pixel Buds quantified.

Still, even at this early stage there’s enough there to get excited about.

The original Pixel Buds seemed like a solid idea, let down with hardware that felt out of date even before they went on sale.

Tethering the two earbuds together looked altogether old-fashioned compared to Apple’s AirPods, and while Google’s live translation feature was clever, it wasn’t quite enough to push buyers past the ergonomic issues.

What’s impressive is how small each earbud remains, despite the cord being cut.

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