Google Pixel Buds may add double tap to skip a song, new in-ear detection

By | 12th March 2018

Google launched its Pixel Buds wireless headphones near the end of last year. The headphones offer gestures and tap controls for controlling audio playback as well as activating Google Assistant, but it looks like new options might be on the way.

9to5Google did a deep dive into the APK for the Google app and discovered a few references in the strings of code that hint at new features coming down the pipe for the Pixel Buds. The latest beta version of the app, which is version 7.23, indicates that Google is working on adding the ability to customize the double tap feature on the right earbud.

If you double tap on the right earbud now, you will hear the list of your notifications, or you can double tap to make Google Assistant stop talking. Google may be adding the ability to double tap on the right earbud and skip to the next song while you’re listening to music.

Meanwhile, triple tapping on the right earbud could turn the headphones on or off. Right now the only way to turn the headphones off is to put them back into the charging case. And finally, the Pixel Buds may also soon support automatic in-ear detection, which means if you take the right earbud out, the headphones will go into a sleep mode until you put the earbud back in.

As it stands right now, there’s no guarantee that these features will make it into a public build, but it’s at least good to see Google is working on new options for the wireless headphones.

Did you pick up the Pixel Buds? How are you liking them?