Google Pixel Buds earphones will translate languages in real time

Google is expanding its hardware line up into headphones with the brand new Google Pixel Buds.

Announced at the Made by Google event, the $159/£159 Bluetooth Buds have the Google Assistant built-in.

Wearers will be able to access the Assistant by pressing down on the right earbud and summon music without touching your smartphone.

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However, perhaps the most intriguing feature is the integration with Google Translate.

On stage during the event, Google demonstrated how a conversation in real-time can be translated and played through the buds.

Users can speak and the translation will be converted to one of 40 languages via the connected smartphone.

AirPods inspired?

It appears Google has taken a few pointers from the Apple AirPods with a charging case that can boost the 5 hour battery life by an additional 24 hours.

Unlike the Apple AirPods, there’s a cable running beneath the two buds, so they’re not completely wireless.

Just like the new Pixel phone you can get them in Just Black, Clearly White and Kinda Blue.

They’re available to order now in the US and you can expect shipping in 6-7 weeks. UK customers are being asked to join a waitlist right now.

Devices with Android 5.0 and iOS 10 will be able to use the Buds, but if you want to access the Google Assistant, you’ll need Android 6.0+.

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