Google adds new gestures and pairing features to Pixel Buds

Doris Richards
May 16, 2018

Google's Pixel Buds are... divisive. Despite significant flaws, I liked them quite a lot in my review, but plenty across tech media did not.

One of the complaints levied at the devices was a lack of controls and customizable gestures. There was no way to skip tracks without summoning the Google Assistant, for instance.

Lastly, Pixel Buds now work better when paired to multiple devices. Simply double tap the right earbud will skip the now playing song, so it's a great way to navigate through a playlist without needing to take out your phone.


During I/O 2018, the Google app gained the ability to customize what notifications get sent to Assistant headphones. You can still use voice commands to skip songs if you wish. All you have to do is choose the Pixel Buds on the device you want to stream from (provided you have paired both up in the past), and they'll disconnect from the device they're now connected to and start streaming from the new one.

As we spotted in an APK Insight earlier this year, the first new gesture is a triple-tap on the right earbud to manually turn on/off the Made by Google headphones. This is useful if you don't want them to start playing music accidentally - something the headphones were prone to when handling thanks to the large touch-sensitive area. Previously, the only way to turn them off was to return them to their charging case. And, it allows you to control your audio too-just swipe forward or backward to control volume and tap to play or pause your music.

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