Google Pixel Buds pick up new control gestures and easier pairing

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You can now manually turn on or off your Pixel Buds by triple-tapping on the right earbud. Since launch, users could only achieve the latter by placing the wearables into the complicated carrying case.

You'll notice that double tap is in there twice, that's because the action is actually configurable. Instead of that gesture reading incoming notifications, it can now be set to skip tracks. The new option is available by heading into Assistant device settings. "Your Pixel Buds will disconnect from the device you were using and connect to the new one", Google said on its blog.

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For those unfamiliar, the Google Pixel Buds are the official Google-branded wireless earbuds. Google has also updated the pairing of the Pixel Buds where users can now switch between devices easily just by selecting it from the Bluetooth menu on the device you want to connect to.

Furthermore, Google makes it easier to skip to the next track by double tapping on the right earbud.

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Maybe I'm being too picky, but I wish on/off were active quadruple-tap.

Rocking a pair of Pixel Buds? 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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The rollout for the new features begins today and should hit everyone "by early next week", according to Google.

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