Google’s rumors about Pixel Buds A are reported to be missing key features as soon as they become available. The earbuds are expected to hit the market at a cheaper price – but apparently not without making a few sacrifices.
According to 9to5Google, a recent demolition of the latest Pixel Buds app (1.0.367372739) suggests that the Pixel Buds A doesn’t have support for swiping gestures to adjust the volume. Swiping to increase or decrease the volume has been one of the defining features of Pixel Buds since the original model launched in 2017. Removing them will likely affect how users interact with the earbuds.
9to5Google speculates that removing the feature could be a cost-saving measure. The Pixel Buds A are expected to be an affordable alternative to the existing Pixel Buds. Removing the swipe gesture may affect the final sale price. Omitting the feature may also be Google’s attempt to make the earbuds more accessible and attractive to a wider range of buyers. The fewer additional features there are, the simpler and therefore simpler the experience can be.
The teardown also suggests that the Pixel Buds A don’t have a charging indicator in the case. A recent image accidentally shared by Google (above) apparently confirms this.
About the Pixel Buds A release first hit the web late last month when Google reportedly were working on new earbuds to expand the company’s Pixel Buds offering. Incidentally, the earbuds are expected to arrive next to the Pixel 5a, which Google confirmed after a report claimed the handset was canceled.
Google has an annual I / O conference scheduled for May where the search giant may showcase new hardware, including the Pixel Buds A. The event will be virtual so everyone can watch it from the comfort of their own home. With no swiping gestures or not, we’re curious to find out more about what the rumored earbuds have to offer.