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The update became evident after some developers spotted it available on the Google Camera 6.1 app interface which is pre-installed on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL launched this year. Google quietly changed a support page for its Pixel Buds, which now states that "Google Translate is available on all Assistant-optimized headphones and Android phones". This new camera feature uses AI to select the optimal image from a range of burst shots of the same subject. But even if iOS users can download Google Assistant if they want to and use it on the Assistant-powered headphones, that doesn't mean that the translation feature will also be transferred.

Existing devices that have Google Assistant support built in may possibly support real-time translations as well, though it's not clear at this point. At least, not that we are aware of at the moment.

The actual translating is done via the smartphone that is connected to the headphones, so it is not a complicated process for Google to bring the feature to third-party hardware. Luckily, the software update will apparently be applied to all versions of the Google Pixel device.

With other companies developing headphones that support Translate, like the LG Tone SE neckbuds which arrived back in August, this was a natural step for Google to expand. It wasn't particularly polished when it first launched, but it has improved and now supports 40 common languages very well. "I hope you all enjoy the update", the Google employee wrote in an official Google online forum.

Have you tried Google's real-time translation yet? Let us know in the comments.

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