True wireless earbuds have been pushed pretty far since Apple launched Airpods on December 16th 2016. Consumers have enjoyed new designs, improved battery lives, connectivity, sound quality, noise cancelling, transparency mode, and waterproofing. But with an increasingly saturated market in true wireless earbuds, how do they get better? The price will go down as more suppliers enter the space, but my hope is that we will be able to use them in galaxies far, far away from our phones. With Google’s release of the Pixel 6 line, we are getting closer.
The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro have Google’s custom silicon chip, Tensor. Tensor provides improvement to Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR). The new Pixel line can listen to your voice and transcribe it into text with speed and accuracy. Coupling that with Google Assistant, we have a blueprint moving away from pounding letters and punctuation into touch screens or keyboards. Hopefully the Matt Bonners of the world are going to run out of excuses for poor sports performances.
Kanye West taught us through his career of production wizardry that the voice is the most dynamic instrument we know. Will True Wireless Earbuds be the medium to direct our digital lives? No Child Left Behind by Ye himself plays in the background as I write. As I reflect on the miracles done on me, my hope is that we could have the option to leave the phones at home and stop treating them as vital organs. I want to live in a world where we are not constantly adjusting and readjusting our eyes between screens and life, constantly chasing depths of field.
Google’s Pixel line could be the first phone to get us closer to that life. Google Assistant is a huge reason I think that iPhone users should try Android. Simply, it’s quicker and tends to “know” more than Siri knows. The Tensor chip has made Google Assistant faster and easier to use. If we could just get some decent earbuds with crazy range and the right interface, maybe we could leave the phones at home.
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