Google’s second generation of Pixel Buds wireless headphones are scheduled to go on sale later this spring after being first revealed at the 2019 Made by Google Event. The 2020 Google Pixel Buds have earned certification for wireless charging as their release date approaches.

A device must be certified by the Wireless Power Consortium in order to use Qi wireless charging, much as a device must be certified by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group in order to use Bluetooth. The Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) has officially approved Qi charging for the 2020 Google Pixel Buds.

Overall, the WPC certification is somewhat sparse in information, but there are two important things we discover about the Pixel Buds. The Pixel Buds have two model numbers: G1007 and G1008. When we last saw them, they were at the Bluetooth SIG. The model number G1013 is specified for the 2020 Pixel Buds on today’s wireless charging certification.

Given that the 2020 Pixel Buds’ charging case is the only component that supports wireless charging, G1013 is probably the charging case’s model number, with G1007 and G1008 possibly standing in for the left and right earbuds.

Second, and maybe more significantly, the WPC listing discloses the Pixel Buds’ maximum charging speed. The majority of wireless earbud sets, including the AirPods Pro, have a wireless charging capacity of between 1W and 2W. The Pixel Buds can accept up to a 5W wireless charge, according to the WPC. 5W wireless charging is almost too much for the 2020 Pixel Buds battery when combined with the Google Pixel 5s probable ability to do reverse wireless charging, akin to the Galaxy S10 and S20 series.

The fact that Google products haven’t previously been listed on the Wireless Power Consortium website until after release is another intriguing aspect of today’s announcement. Hopefully, this indicates that the 2020 Pixel Buds will be available sooner than anticipated.

Update 3/5: The 2020 Google Pixel Buds have been taken down from the Wireless Power Consortium’s website as of this morning.

At their yearly developer conference, Google I/O, last year, Google conducted a mid-year mini Made by Google hardware launch including the Pixel 3a. This caused us to speculate that the redesigned Pixel Buds would be released at I/O 2020. The physical in-person element of this year’s Google I/O has been postponed as of yesterday, though, in order to protect attendees’ health and well-being in the wake of the coronavirus.

Maybe Google will release the Pixel Buds earlier than May, shocking everyone. After all, we’ve already noticed that the buds have started to appear on third-party retailer’s websites, beginning last month.

The charging rates of rival wireless earbuds have been updated in this article.
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