We’re not saying they’ve been discontinued, but if you head over to Google’s online store in the US and Canada, you’ll find that there doesn’t seem to be any option to buy its second-generation true wireless Pixel Buds. Its more recent Pixel Buds A-Series are still available, but the dedicated listing for the Pixel Buds themselves has disappeared.
Google won’t officially say whether the second-generation Pixel Buds are reaching the end of their life. What it will confirm is that they’re “out of stock in the Google Store in the US and Canada at this time” and that it doesn’t have additional stock. “Some third-party retailers may still have inventory available and they remain on sale in other markets as inventory allows,” a spokesperson says. “As inventory allows” definitely makes it sound like the Buds are reaching the end of their life, but as I said, Google is refusing to say the word “discontinued.”
Android Police reports that the buds are still available in Australia, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Singapore, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Sure enough, on the UK Google Store the Pixel Buds are still available, though when it comes to third-party retailers, John Lewis is listing them as unavailable with a note that it’s “unlikely to receive more stock of this item.”
Ultimately, those are a lot of signs that the second-gen Pixel Buds are on the way out after around a year of being on sale. But given their average battery life, and persistent reports of connection issues, we can’t say we’re too surprised to see them go. If you’re an existing owner, Google says you’ll “continue to receive ongoing feature support, software fixes, and critical security updates.”