Google has launched a pair wireless earphones which it is calling the Google Pixel Buds. The Pixel Buds were one of the several products launched along with one of the most anticipated smartphones of the year, the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.
Pixel Buds are not just a pair of wireless earphones, they are a lot more than that. The earphones have touch-sensitive controls that operate via gestures. Tapping the right bud plays or pauses the music, swiping back and forth on the right bud increases and decreases the volume whereas a long press brings up Google Assistant. It also allows users to receive and place calls. Pixel Buds come in a case which also charges the earphones much like the Apple AirPods. The device survives for five hours on a single charge whereas the case has enough juice to power up the device four times.
What is rather commendable on Google's part is the fact that it is utilizing the Pixel Pods for fulfilling a much needed and a rather futuristic feature that allows users to translate languages in real-time. The feature comes right out of science fiction movies into users hands with the Google's latest earphones.
So, this is how it works. To use the translation feature users need to command Google Assistant to help them speak a certain language. Users then speak in English and Google translates the speech to the preferred language and the output can be heard out loud from the speakers of smartphones the Pixel Bud is connected to. Similarly, the speech in preferred language is translated into English and users can listen to it through earphones. The ingenious technology has the potential to change the face of communication as we know it.
Pixel Buds will retail for $159 (approx. Rs. 10,300)once they are released in November.