Pixel Buds Pro could have come in these other colors too

Pixel Buds Pro could have come in these other colors too

The Pixel Buds Pro launched in four adorable colors earlier this week, but it should come as no surprise that Google considered many more during the development process. Here are some variants that we think got closer to launch but ultimately didn’t.

About APK Insight: In this APK Insight post, we have decompiled the latest version of an application that Google has uploaded to the Play Store. If we decompile these files (called APKs in the case of Android apps), we can see different lines of code within this hint to possible future features. Keep in mind that Google may or may not ever ship these features, and our interpretation of what they are may not be perfect. However, we will try to enable those that are nearing completion to show you what they will look like should they ship. With that in mind, read on.

The Pixel Buds Pro are available in Coral (salmon/orange), Fog (light blue with gray undertones), Charcoal (light grey), and Lemongrass (light yellow/green).

However, the Pixel Buds companion app lists a total of eight “SKU colors”:


“Allegro”, a musical term, was the device codename for Pixel Buds Pro, while “Stretto” stood for the A-Series and “Presto” for the 2020 Pixel Buds.

Carbon (Charcoal), Nebula (Mist), True Red (Coral), and Limoncello (Lemongrass) are all blamed for leaving four unknowns.

Default black‘ is fairly simple and would probably have been darker than what we have today. “Roughly grey” might just have been another interpretation of Charcoal, given the modifier “about”.

Clear‘ is curious, immediately reminiscent of transparent or translucent plastic, a la the Googler-only version of the Stadia controller for the game-streaming service’s launch team and the Nothing Ear (1), but we think Clearly White is that more likely candidates given previous hardware trends.

The mysterious color candidate of today’s Pixel Buds Pro is “PROCEEDINGS‘ which we think is a misspelling for porcelain. If so, it’s hard to imagine that this color isn’t just another white. The hue could be different, but it’s hard to imagine what. Another option is below:

Meanwhile, the Pixel Buds A-Series launched in Clearly White and Dark Olive. Google also considered blue and black according to similar code in the companion app.


Coral Pixel Buds Pro, Dark Olive A-Series, Cleary White (2020)

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Dylan Roussel and Kyle Bradshaw contributed to this article.

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