Google’s Pixel Buds have been around for a few years, starting with a “wired” model that was released a few years ago and then a fully wireless version that was released at the start of 2020. Google seems to be working on something new almost a year later.
Two new devices have arrived at the FCC for approval, and they resemble a new collection of Google Pixel Buds.
The original 2018 Pixel Buds were classified under the FCC identifier for Weifang Goertek Electronics, whereas the second-generation Pixel Buds were fully “Made by Google.” Two devices from Weifang Goertek Electronics with the model numbers “GPQY2” and “G7YPJ” passed through the FCC this week. Since the “GXCA6” number on the Nest Audio, these model numbers have followed the style of Google’s own devices.
There are two listings that identify each product as a “Wireless Device,” most likely for a left and right bud. The headphones support Bluetooth 5.2 and are so tiny that an FCC mark won’t fit on them, implying that they’re earbuds once more. According to the FCC listings, the devices measure 27 x 20 x 15mm, which is quite similar to the current Pixel Buds.
The new earbuds’ power output appears to be significantly higher than what was launched last year. That may indicate that the latest Pixel Buds would provide a more consistent link to smartphones, avoiding the problems people have had with Google’s current earbuds cutting out.