Tech giant Google has added new gesture control features to its wireless headphones “Pixel Buds.” Until now when you had used Pixel Buds with your Pixel or other Android device with the Assistant, simply touch and hold the right earbud to ask for your favourite playlist, make a call, send a message or get walking directions to dinner.
Pixel Buds can now be manually turned on or off by triple-tapping on the right earbud.
Until now, double tapping let you hear notifications as they arrived on your phone. Now you can set double-tap to skip to the next track. To enable this, go to the Pixel Buds’ settings within the Google Assistant app on your phone and enable double-tap to skip to the next track. You can continue to use a Google Assistant voice command to skip tracks, even if you assign two taps to the “next” track feature.
And, it allows you to control your audio too—just swipe forward or backward to control volume and tap to play or pause your music. And to switch your Pixel Buds connection between your phone and computer (or any device you’ve previously paired), select your Pixel Buds from the Bluetooth menu of the desired device. Your Pixel Buds will disconnect from the device you were using and connect to the new one.
These updates have started rolling out and will be available to everyone by early next week.
The company introduced Google Assistant-ready Pixel Buds in October during the launch of Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones. Pixel Buds come in three colours—Just Black, Clearly White and Kinda Blue.