Yesterday Google launched new devices, most notably the new smartphones Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. But one of the biggest revolutions seen last night was not so much that offered their smartphones as the small headphones that presented behind them, the Google Pixel Buds.
These new headphones are not only a good answer to the Apple Airpods, but they offer a feature that makes them stand out above any of the many wireless headphones that have been presenting the big brands in recent months. It is about their ability to translate in real time in 40 languages.
The translation is handled by a new application of Google Translator, and enhanced with the automatic learning of the artificial intelligence of Google Assistant. In short we could say that with this experience is like having your own translation device, only it is all inside the headphones themselves.
Pixel Buds do not have integrated Google Assistant, so the first requirement to make use of the translation function is to connect them to a device that does, such as the Pixel 2 phones presented yesterday. Once connected, you will have to run the application on the mobile and configure it with the languages you are going to use.
As for how they work, when you wear headphones and have them set up to use this function, everything you tell someone will be translated into the language you have chosen. For example, if you have a friend who speaks in English, immediately after I tell you something, you will hear the translation in your language in the headphones.
When replying you will only have to press a touch button on the outside of the right handset. This will activate the microphone, and the headphones will stay listening to you. The application will understand your response and perform the translation in the language your partner was using. It will not do it by text, but using the loudspeaker of the mobile. This way, your interlocutor will not even need to have other Pixel Buds in order to interact with someone who does.
This application translates a total of 40 languages, among which we have from Spanish, English, Catalan, Chinese, Japanese and the main European languages to other less common ones like Norwegian, Cambodian or Nepalese. Google has also ensured that with a full charge of the headset we will have up to five hours of listening, and with the casing you can charge them enough times to be able to have a total of 20 hours of listening.
Obviously in the demo they performed on stage during the presentation everything went well, but we can test them thoroughly to check factors such as the quality of translations or the effectiveness of voice recognition in all languages. They also lack to check how they behave when there is no connection to the network.