Google Pixel Buds pick up new control gestures and easier pairing

Google’s Pixel Buds finally let you skip tracks with a double tap

Last year Google launched the Pixel Buds, the company's answer to the increasingly popular style of wireless headphones (or earbuds to be more accurate).

When you use Pixel Buds with your Pixel phone, or any other Android device with the Assistant, you can touch and hold the right earbud to ask for your favourite playlist, make a call, send a message, etc.

In an announcement on its blog, Google has revealed several new ways that users can interact with their Pixel Buds.


Google is also allowing users to customize the double-tap action.

Lastly, you can now turn the headphones on and off with a triple tap on the right earbud.

By default, a double tap gets Google to read your notifications out loud; the new function is definitely something I'd use more often. It will then switch devices to the new one. Finally, your Pixel Buds will switch sound sources much more graciously: simply select them from your Bluetooth menu of any device and they'll drop the current connection and switch to the new one. A triple tap on many, if not most Bluetooth headphones lets you switch to the previous track, something you still can't do without invoking Google Assistant.

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