Yes, the Google Pixel Buds' coolest feature will work with the 2016 Pixel phones


So, one of the coolest things we saw at the Google Pixel event was the Pixel Buds' translate feature. It translates the conversation between two parties that speak different languages in real time and only needs two items to do so — a Pixel 2 phone and the Pixel Buds. When one person speaks through their device (the Pixel mic or the Buds' mic), the other one hears the Translate speech engine in their designated earpiece and vice versa.

So, ever since the presentation, we had two burning questions:

  • Will this Translate work on the 2016 Pixel phones?
  • Will this Translate work on other Android devices?

The answers are, respectively — yes, it will work on the OG Pixels and no, it won't work on other phones as it's a Pixel-exclusive feature. The Buds will work on Android 5+ devices and will pair with Google Assistant on Android 6+ devices, but no Translate unless you have a Pixel.

The live translate feature works with the Google Translate app and currently supports 40 languages, listed below.

AfrikaansArabicArmenianBengaliCatalanChineseCroatianCzech
DanishDutchEnglishFinnishFrenchGermanGreekHindi
HungarianIcelandicIndonesianItalianJapaneseKhmerKoreanLatvian
NepaliNorwegianPolishPortugueseRomanianRussianSerbianSinhala
SlovakSpanishSwahiliSwedishTamilThaiTurkishVietnamese

source: Google

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8 Comments

1. Xavier1415

Posts: 190; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

Dang great feature but I have my lovely note 8 and since it don't work for it I don't need these then. If it works on other phones I'll pick it up then

8. finalr3ality

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 23, 2017

lol~ i was thinking the same as you. im currently having my note 8 and since its not going to translate for me then i'll pass.

2. Sakeem

Posts: 857; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

This is what I wanted to know. Will wait for further reviews and then maybe I will pick these up.

3. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

That is great when someone is speaking to you and it translates everything so you understand. But if they don't have this phone or buds and you need to communicate back, then what? Do you open Google Translate and type in English and have it transpose the message and read it aloud? or do you give then your buds and phone? There was a video on FB that showed tourists carry this thing around which they speak too and it speaks aloud the language where you are. And when they speak to you, it translate to English for you (or your native language.)

5. Drewj

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 11, 2017

I think the way it works is they use your phone to speak into and you hear it translated in the headphones.

6. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Apparently that FB thing doesn’t require wifi or data either. I think it might work like offline maps or something

4. hado86

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

But does the new always listening to background music carry over too.

7. MSarabNaveed

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 12, 2017

Who is she.....? Can anyone tell me the name of that girl?

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