When the Google Pixel Buds Pro go on sale on July 28 (alongside the Google Pixel 6A) they’ll be sporting a new feature: automatic device switching. As Google explains in its blog post(opens in new tab), if you’re listening to one of the best Netflix shows on your tablet and then your phone starts ringing your wireless earbuds will automatically connect to it so that you can hear your ringtone and talk to whoever is calling.
Support for TechRadar comes from our users. We might receive an affiliate commission if you make a purchase using links on our website. Why should you believe us? Read on. When compared to the originals, the Google Pixel Buds Pro functionality will make them less irritating to use. Black, green, blue, and red Using Google Pixel Buds Pro cases With a future Android update, switching between devices with your Pixel Buds Pro will be considerably less of a hassle. This update will also soon be available for other wireless headphones.
It’s not only the new Pixel Buds that will get this feature. While they’re first in line, Google has said select Sony and JBL cans will also benefit from the update, though support for those will be added later. While Google hasn’t specified which models will be supported it’ll most likely be recent models that support Bluetooth multipoint – meaning they can connect to more than one device at a time. Importantly though, this tool will only work for Android-powered smartphones and tablets, so if your devices are split across ecosystems you’ll have to stick with manually swapping your connections.
Google does its part to make transitioning between different Android devices and Chrome similarly seamless, but some of its peripherals lack the necessary functionality. That’s clearly starting to change though, thanks in part to this latest update that enables automatic audio switching.
While this update isn’t likely to drastically change the Google Pixel Buds Pro’s ranking among the best wireless earbuds we’ve tested, it’s an underrated quality of life improvement that will likely save plenty of users some unwanted hassle. But more importantly, it will further improve Google products’ Apple-like synergy. The AirPods are the wireless earbuds to beat for the Pixel Buds (Image credit: Maurizio Pesce). The Apple AirPods aren’t the best headphones ever made, but for those reliant on their iPhone 13 and iPad Air (2022), they can still be a great pick. That’s because Apple products are designed to collaborate with one another, giving you a smooth experience that could be ruined if you swap in third-party hardware alternatives.
Thankfully though, Google isn’t taking too much from Apple’s playbook. Unlike Apple, which keeps updates like these locked to its proprietary hardware, Android audio switching will be coming to a wider selection of first- and third-party options – and we’ll hopefully see more new headphone brands and models arrive with support in the future.
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