Pixel Buds Real-Time Translations Available on All Google Assistant Headphones

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Google’s Pixel Buds may not be the smash success that Apple’s AirPods have become in the wireless earbuds space, but there’s no denying that their ability to do real-time translations in conversation with another person is both ridiculously cool and useful. In a move that appears to have come without much public acknowledgement, Google is making those same real-time Google Translate powers available to all Google Assistant-optimized headphones.

Google updated one of their Pixel Buds support pages yesterday to note that “Google Translate is available on all Assistant-optimized headphones and Android phones,” where it used to say “Google Translate on Google Pixel Buds is only available on Pixel phones.”

This change makes a lot of sense since the USB-C buds that Google includes in the box with the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL can do real-time translations. We also should have assumed this was coming after the newish LG Tone SE neckbuds¬†arrived with Translate too. What’s maybe more important, though, is the fact that these real-time translations aren’t a Pixel phone exclusive either. I just tried it with my Essential phone and the Pixel USB-C earbuds and it works like it does on the Pixel 3.

There aren’t many other details available or a list of headphones that can use Google Translate like the Pixel Buds, but if you own a pair of Assistant-optimized cans (Bose Quiet Comfort 35 II, Sony 1000XM2), give it a try.



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