Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Science | By Dan Gutierrez

Google updates Pixel Buds with support for new gestures

Google updates Pixel Buds with support for new gestures

The Google Pixel Buds are receiving two new gestures for easier usability and music controls. The first one will allow the user to manually turn the Pixel Buds on or off by triple-tapping on the right earbud. Since launch, users could only achieve the latter by placing the wearables into the complicated carrying case. There should be an option to enable the double-tap to skip to the next track there.

One of the complaints levied at the devices was a lack of controls and customizable gestures. When users select the headphones on another device, it will automatically disconnect from the previous phone or computer. Google allows you to set up your Pixel Buds the way you want it via the settings menu in the Google Assistant app. There was no way to skip tracks without summoning the Google Assistant, for instance.

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By default, a double tap gets Google to read your notifications out loud; the new function is definitely something I'd use more often. You can turn them back on with the same gesture. All you have to do is choose the Pixel Buds on the device you want to stream from (provided you have paired both up in the past), and they'll disconnect from the device they're now connected to and start streaming from the new one.

The Google Pixel Buds are getting some useful features. Today, Google begins rolling out an update to address a couple of those things.

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