However, it was largely unclear how the Pixel Buds A would find the cost savings to get such a significantly lower price point. One way out loud 9to5Googleis that the Pixel Buds A lose the swipe-based volume controls that previous Pixel Buds enjoyed.
9to5Google was investigating a recent update to the Pixel Buds app that appears to contain strings in preparation for Pixel Buds A’s later release. These include the identifiers “type_one” and “type_two”, which appear to refer to Pixel Buds 2 and Pixel Buds A, respectively.
What becomes interesting is that code related to Pixel Buds 2’s Volume Swipe controls, such as the strings swipe_forward and swipe_backward, is absent from the type_two file. This is certainly an indication, but not a confirmation, that the Pixel Buds A won’t let you adjust the volume by swiping the earbud’s touch sensors.
So it’s likely that Google will be adding a more basic touch sensor to the Pixel Buds A, assuming it supports touch input at all. Only the ability to control the earbuds from your phone remains a distant, albeit technically feasible, alternative. Either approach would help save costs and bring the price of Pixel Buds A down, although we’d hope you can at least turn the volume up or down with repeated taps.
The same APK outline also suggests a charging case with the battery status LED on the outside. In the Pixel Buds 2 case, it is located between the earphone ports and is only visible when the case is opened. The possible pixel buds in particular, a design that Google itself includes in an email newsletter shows a white LED on the outside of the case.
We don’t know when the Pixel Buds A will be released yet – in fact, we don’t have any official confirmation, in fact, they’re real – but we expect a launch in late spring or summer. If so, we shouldn’t have to wait too long to find out exactly what they’re going to offer – and whether they’ll be a contender for ours best wireless earbuds list. Either way, watch this room.