Google announced that it will be updating its smart headphones Pixel Buds with customizable gesture controls, according to analysis of code in the latest beta edition of the Google app
The new function will include double tapping on the right bud for playing next track and triple tapping to stop the media. Pixle earbuds are equipped with sensors, which can pause the music when right earbud is removed. In current version, double tapping allows user to receive notifications or stop functions of Google Assistant. The new possible feature may allow customization of feature to skip songs.
As there is no other way to turn off the earbuds, triple tapping would allow users to manually turn the earbuds on and off, which would be useful. Furthermore, in-ear detection mode places the earbuds into sleep mode when the right earbud is removed, and wakes them again when you place it back. This feature has is called as ‘In-ear detection,’ while functionality has been changed to turn on/off Pixel Buds The code mimics Apple’s AirPods, which already have customizable taps and automatic ear detection.
The Pixel Buds currently allow users to reject or answer calls, activate Google Assistant, and control volume and audio playback using gestures. However, company has not disclose any information regarding when these new features will be available. The current version 7.23 references the Google Assistant-enabled headphones, which Sony announced at CES in January 2018. The company also mentioned that virtual assistant will be avaible in old models through an update.