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Real-time translation makes its way to all Google Assistant headphones and Android phones

You no longer need to own the Pixel Buds to use this unique translation feature.

Published onOctober 13, 2018

Alongside the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, Google unveiled its own Bluetooth headphones called the Pixel Buds. While they offered a unique design, the earbud’s standout feature was real-time language translation. Without any sort of announcement, it looks like Google is bringing this functionality to every pair of Assistant headphones and Android smartphones (via Droid-Life).

At some point over the last couple of days, Google updated one of the Pixel Buds’ support pages with a new section. In it, Google provides the following statement:

Google Translate is available on all Assistant-optimized headphones and Android phones.
After this week, Google looks more like Amazon and Apple

By making translations available on all Android smartphones, it opens the feature up to almost everyone that owns compatible headphones. As tested by DL, the functionality was already live using the Pixel 3’s wired earbuds with the Essential Phone. As a side note, while iOS users can download the Google Assistant and continue to use it on Assistant-powered headphones, it’s likely that the translation feature will not get transferred over.

Google, unfortunately, doesn’t list when the translation feature is coming to individual headphones. So if you own a pair of Bose QC35 IIs, Sony WH-H900N, or any of the other Assistant-powered headphones, you can try to see if Google’s real-time translations are working for you.

What do you think about these changes? Are there any headphones that you would like to see updated to support the Google Assistant? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!

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