Real-time Google Translate coming to all Google Assistant headphones

By | 14th October 2018
Google Pixel Buds

The wireless Google Pixel Buds might not have provided the best portability or audio quality, but they were still quite impressive earbuds. One of the most exciting features of the Google Assistant-enabled Pixel Buds is its ability to translate in real-time using Google Translate. This makes talking to a foreign coworker, friend, family member, or any stranger while traveling, much easier. To the dismay of many, the feature is only available for the Pixel Buds paired with a Google Pixel. Now, it appears that Google is finally opening up the feature to more users.

As spotted by Droid-Life, Google updated the Pixel Buds support page yesterday with new language. The page now states that the real-time translation feature is available for all Google Assistant-optimized headphones and Android devices rather than only Pixel Buds with a Google Pixel phone. Droid-Life points out that this change was expected as the previously released LG Tone SE and Type-C Pixel earbuds included with the Google Pixel 3 both have the feature. If you want to see how the feature works, here is a video demonstration of it by Google.

I can name only a few headphones which support Google Assistant and therefore, the new automatic, real-time Google Translate feature. Those devices include the Pixel Buds, Bose Quiet Control 35 II, Sony WI-1000X, Sony WH-1000XM2, Sony WH-1000XM3 and a couple more models by JBL. If you want to try the feature for yourself, you can try saying “Hey Google, help me speak X” to Google Assistant on your earphone or device.