We’re just a couple of days away from Google’s big event and all the talk in the tech world is about what Google has in store for us. Of course, the Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL will be shown off but we are also expecting a lot of other goodies from Google. One of the new products that has garnered a lot of chatter and attention is Google’s new rumored wireless headphones with Google Assistant built in.
Of course, these new headphones are meant to make up for the loss of the 3.5mm headphone port which has been confirmed in just about every rumor we have seen regarding the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Think AirPod style wireless earbuds for your Google Pixel 2. In fact, the success of Apple’s AirPods has likely been a major reason that Google has pursued their own wireless earbuds that offer the functionality of Google Assistant.
As the launch date grows closer we are hearing more and more about these Google Assistant enabled earbuds including the potential design. A Tweet from David Ruddock suggests the earbuds could be connected by a cord. The Beats X earbuds immediately came to mind for a lot of people.
Design is just one small part of these headphones, however. What kind of features will be packed in that make you actually want to drop money on these over any other wireless headphones available on the market?
There isn’t a whole lot known about the headphones which is kind of what makes them so exciting. We have heard that the headphones will have a dedicated button that triggers Google Assistant so you can dictate messages, create calendar entries, get the weather, and more. So, basically, these headphones will do what your phone already does.
As for pricing, it’s rumored that the Pixel 2 wireless headphones will launch at a price similar to Apple’s AirPods. That means we are expecting something around $159 for the wireless headphones. Not exactly a bargain pair of earbuds to pair with your new smartphone.
Unless some new rumors come in the next couple of days, we will likely have to wait until the launch event to find out more about Google’s AirPod-like wireless headphones. I’m also interested to see if they are included in any sort of bundle for Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL buyers. With the rumored price of the Pixel devices being around the same price as the new iPhone 8, it would be nice to see something extra included to help the Pixel 2 sell against its biggest competitor.
However, if headphones don’t interest you, there will still be plenty to see during Google’s event. We are expecting a new, smaller Google Home device that will bring a lot of the same Google Assistant functionality to your home with a smaller, sleeker footprint. There is also rumored to be a Pixelbook on the way which is basically a premium Chromebook. I’m most interested about this device just because I really want to see how they convince people to buy a $1000+ Chromebook. Who knows? Maybe Chromebooks are getting a big new feature update. Or, perhaps, Google is trying to be more and more like Apple with every launch. In any case, there will be plenty of stuff to talk about later this week.
What are you most looking forward to from Google’s event? Will you be willing to drop the money on a pair of wireless earbuds with Google Assistant built in?