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Pixel Buds A-Series firmware update with higher bass range and improved device switching to roll out ‘in the coming days’

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Firmware updates for wireless earbuds are usually uneventful, but that is not the case with the upcoming firmware version 282 for Pixel Buds A-Series. It is confirmed to deliver important new features for better audio controls, along with improvements in the device switching function.

Google published a new support page (via Droid-Life) on Monday announcing that new features are coming to the Pixel Buds A-Series. While the post only lists three significant changes coming in the next firmware update, they are significant updates as they will add new controls for users to adjust bass and treble levels.

One of the features coming with Pixel Buds A-Series firmware version 282 will allow users to customize the earbuds’ bass with a new adjustment slider from -1 to +4 on the Pixel Buds app. That means the update is going to double the currently available bass range for the earbuds.

“You can quickly adjust to increase the bass level by 4 levels with options of multiple magnitudes, or decrease the bass level compared to the current default setting,” Google added. However, the new Pixel Buds A-Series bass controls will be available only on devices running on Android 6.0 or later.

The Pixel Buds A-Series update will also introduce a “loudness compensation” feature, which Google says will “improve bass and treble at lower volume levels.” This can be turned on and off using a new toggle in the Sound Settings on the Pixel Buds app.

Google also revealed that the Pixel Buds A-Series firmware version 282 would improve device switching. Currently, users will have to manually link the earbuds to the second to the last connected device if the latest connected gadget is not available. After the update, the earbuds should automatically do that.

The company added that the upcoming firmware update would also come with general bug fixes and stability improvements. It is scheduled to roll out “in the coming days” and should be installed automatically once available, but users will need to grant the “Nearby devices” permission through the Pixel Buds app.

Pixel Buds A-Series users can also manually update the earbuds if they have a Pixel phone running on Android 10 or later. The step-by-step instructions are provided on a separate support page.

Photo by Eriel Suarez on Unsplash

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