The Google Pixel Buds' Translate feature may just change the world

Amidst the presentation of artificial intelligence, augmented reality, advanced cameras, and miniaturized Home smart assistant, Google announced something pretty awesome, which we feel deserves its spotlight — the Translation feature of the Pixel Buds!

So, yeah, the Pixel Buds are the new wireless earphones by Google, mirroring the launch of products like the Apple AirPods and Samsung Gear IconX. What makes Google's buds special? Well, they can pair up with the Pixel and use Google's super-sophisticated translation engine to deliver real-time translation between 40 different languages. Here's how it works:

The two parties talk to each other in their own language. One side wears the Pixel Buds, while the other listens through the Pixel phone. Each party speaks their words in their respective device and the other side gets a direct translation in their ear.

It sounds awesome and it looked great on stage. Of course, we are pretty sure that it'll be clunkier in real life situations, at least in current times. However, we all know that, while it can't handle complicated sentences well, Translate is perfectly capable of making a simple exchange between two foreigners possible. This new Pixel Buds feature is the perfect next step for Google's Tanslate and it kind of reminded us of the Tower of Babel myth. Let's hope no one tears it down this time around.

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19 Comments

1. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Great, another reason for lazy people to not learn other languages

7. Bankz

Posts: 2543; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Google is f**king lit!!!! Awesomeness. OMG.. Honestly, the Pixel is just downright amazing.

10. bucknassty

Posts: 1337; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

MAAAAAAN i been trying to learn spanish for 5 years! lol i just get too busy and can never practice with anyone

20. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

This translator thingy wasn't new. Google and Samsung earbuds have more features than Apple's.

2. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

Wow. That's impressive. Don't mind the troll above.

3. libra89

Posts: 2281; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I can see a lot of potential with this.

4. terhesg

Posts: 14; Member since: Dec 09, 2016

It's amazing. Although I think this will need another 2-3 years to be accurate enough for daily use (my opinion is based on google translate's quality)

6. Blazers

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Douglas Adams babelfish comes to life.

8. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Kool stuff pretty soon we will have the Star trek universal translator. By the way the tower of Babel is not a myth.

9. zelas

Posts: 41; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

In next ten years I see google lens, I see Lucy.

11. Deadeye37

Posts: 300; Member since: Jan 25, 2011

One step closer to Star Trek's universal translator. I'm still hoping someone make a big breakthrough to bring around holodecks :).

12. nepalisherpa

Posts: 338; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

This is actually pretty awesome! Not everyone has time to learn a new language (and definitely won't be able to learn 40 different languages), and even if you do, you won't be as good as the software in a short span of time.

13. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Great future but I do wonder if this means google will record those convos

18. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

That shouldn't matter if it's using google Translate, which doesn't require you to log-in with any account to use it. But if its using the google assistant, then it's a given that they'll be recording it and tying it to your account...

14. shooooks

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 04, 2017

I'm doing a Europe trip soon and going through countries with 8 different languages. These would make life a whole lot easier.

16. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

As long as the other person have a pair.

17. MaryPoopins

Posts: 324; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Have a pair of what? You only need 1 pixel phone and 1 pair of Pixel buds for this to work.

19. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Woh, that's really impressive! Way more impressive than even the new phones themselves...wonder if they'll work with any Android phone.

22. KyleRiemen

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 29, 2014

This is really the most exiting thing they presented.

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