Last year’s Google Pixel Buds (2020) were an evolution of the original model that hit the market in 2019 and dropped the wire for good after most Bluetooth earbuds switched to the “truly wireless” form factor. While the Pixel Buds are some of the best wireless earbuds out there, there is always room for improvement. As it turns out, we might not have to wait too long to see these improvements thanks to a new FCC filing for a new pair of Pixel Buds.
9to5Google discovered submissions for two devices likely to be associated with google. The “GPQY2” and “G7YPJ” model numbers are similar to other Google products, and it is likely that they each represent a single earbud, as this is how Google submitted last year’s model. 9to5Google also pointed out that the device dimensions of 27 x 20 x 15 mm are closely the same as the previous model.
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The FCC filing did not provide any significant details about the specifications. However, it appears that the performance of this new model has increased, which should help resolve concerns about connectivity issues that plagued last year’s model. Given Google’s tendency to catch up with its earbuds, we can finally get active noise cancellation, a common feature on the latest earbuds like the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro.
Clues in the FCC filing suggest a launch could likely happen sometime this summer, which means they could arrive alongside the Google Pixel 5a and in time for the Google Pixel 6 later this year.
Update, March 30 (7:30 p.m. ET) – The name and colors of the upcoming Pixel Buds have reportedly been revealed
According to data from 9to5GoogleThe upcoming earbuds are known as the Pixel Buds A. It’s unclear why Google used a letter instead of a number, but it could suggest a cheaper alternative, similar to what they do with devices like the Google Pixel 4a 5G.
The earbuds will supposedly look almost identical to the current pair, but with a new set of colors. This includes a pure white colorway and a darker green, and they are likely to be the same as the colors available for the rumored Google Pixel 5a. Also, the buds could work and look more or less the same, although this could disappoint some like our own Ara Wagoner who is hoping to see some changes to Google’s next Pixel Buds.