On the surface, there’s nothing new about the Google Pixel Buds. They look like your typical wireless earbuds, held together by a braided cord. They’re only wireless, of course, because Google decided to follow Apple’s lead of ditching the headphone jack on the Pixel 2 – a move that still annoys us a little bit – and move into the world of digital only audio. Instead, they come with a touch panel on the front, Bluetooth 4.0 capability, and come with a combo charging and carrying case – that holds up to 24 hours of headphone life on a single charge.  The touch panel lets you control music simply by tapping or swiping.

What does set the Pixel Buds apart, however, is their new built-in translation. Google says that they can translate up to 40 different languages, using Google Translate, fully integrated right into the earbuds. All you have to do is hold down the right earbud – activating Google Assistant – and say “Help Me Speak French” – or German, or Italian, whatever of the 40 languages you desire to hear. It’s essentially like having your own interpreter with you, all the time.

Furthermore, you can use Google Assistant to do all your favorite voice-activated tasks – send messages, take calls, etc – just like any other normal headphones. The braided cord is definitely welcome, especially for those of us who tend to lose them – and keeps them together.

So if you’re looking for a new pair of headphones to complement the new Pixel 2 you’re getting, or just want to be able to translate multiple languages at the touch of a button – the Pixels Buds are now available – though with a ship time of 7-8 weeks.


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