Google Pixel Buds A-Series gets more options with firmware update

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Google publishes an update for its Pixel Buds A-Series wireless headphones, which will add a bass slider, a volume compensation setting for better bass and treble response at lower volumes, and a nice improvement in connectivity (via Droid-Life). Since the buds are only $99 (or free, if you got them with a Pixel 6 or 6 Pro pre-order), it’s nice to see Google adding new features through software updates.

As we learned earlier today, Pixel Buds will have more control over bass response. The buds previously had a “bass boost” option, but now you’ll be able to boost the bass using a four-level slider – and you can even turn it down a notch if that’s what you prefer.

Google also says that if the Pixel Buds A-Series can’t connect to the last device you used them with, they’ll try to revert to the device they were connected to before. For example, if you were using the headphones with your laptop currently off, they might automatically connect to your phone when you take them out of the case if you had them connected to your phone before using them with your computer.

Google says the update, version 282, should be “rolling out over the next few days” and will install automatically if you’re using a Pixel running Android 10 or higher or if you’re using a phone with Android 6 or higher that has the installed Pixel Buds app (provided it has permission to see nearby devices). If you don’t like waiting for automatic updates, Google provides instructions on how to manually check for an update as well as.

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