Google Translate can be particularly useful when you’re in a foreign country that doesn’t speak your language. The tool allows users to translate between various languages, and has helped many get around. Google went a step further when it launched the Google Pixel Buds last year. These headphones came with Google Assistant built-in, letting you use the microphone on the headset to communicate with the company’s AI-based voice assistant the same way you would do so with your Android smartphone or Google Home smart speaker. And the signature feature of this was the ability to translate languages in real-time, a feature that has thus far been limited to the Pixel Buds.
However, Google has now announced that real-time translation will now roll out for all headphones that support Google Assistant communication. Therefore, a wide range of headphones will now be able to use this feature, which listens to the foreign language, translates to your understood language in real-time, and then allows you to use your smartphone speaker to respond. Therefore, the feature will be rolling out to various headphones, including the Bose QC35 II, Sony WH-1000 series and OnePlus Bullets Wireless, to name a few.
The headphones support Google Assistant when paired with a device that has Google Assistant, so most modern Android smartphones do have this ability. The headsets sport a trigger button that activates Google Assistant, allowing you to speak instructions that can then be acted upon by the device. The headphones themselves don’t connect directly to Google Assistant, but work through the internet connection on the paired smartphone to function. The feature currently supports 40 languages, such as Hindi, Tamil, Bengali, Spanish, French, German and more.
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In order to trigger the function, users need to set up Google Assistant on their compatible headphones, and then give it a voice command – ‘help me interpret (language)’. This will enable the real-time translation on the headset. We tried this with a few headphones with Google Assistant built in, but we weren’t able to get responses, suggesting that the feature may still be rolling out and may not be supported in India just yet.