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Google Pixel Buds’ real-time translation feature, unveiled alongside the wireless headphones at Google’s hardware event on Wednesday, might be exclusive to Pixel smartphones. This little bit of news was revealed by Google to Gadgets 360 in a interaction following the event. This company states that because it simply cannot control firmware updates on third-party devices, an update may break the feature or stop it from functioning as intended, something it does not want.

To recall, Google introduced real-time multi-lingual translation as one of the highlight popular features of the Pixel Buds wireless headphones. How do you apply it? What you need to do is support the right earbud, and say “Help me speak [name of language]”.

Google explains, “Say you are in Little Italy, and you also would like to order your pasta just like a pro. Everything you should do is hold documented on the proper earbud and say, ‘Help me speak Italian.’ Because you talk, your Pixel phone’s speaker may play the translation in Italian out loud. Should the waiter responds in Italian, you’ll hear the translation via your Pixel Buds.” The feature has been said to figure in 40 languages.

Explaining why the real-time translation feature for Pixel Buds will be exclusive to Pixel smartphones, Adam Champy, Product Manager, Google Pixel Buds told Gadgets 360, “When you gaze within the Pixel tool and you appear at Bluetooth audio routing, we must be capable of guarantee that we know where exactly to relax and play each audio snippet. We receive a snippet through the user, we have one through the person being translated and we want to know where you can route it. Even coming down to your names of the things those are known as in the routing, within the phone, matters. So, doing the QA and bespoke personal choice of ‘play this audio out this channel’, and in case that phone or iPhone contains a different strategy for describing it, knowning that way could change over device updates or could change within model during the same SKU, cause sometimes they’ve got different chipsets along with the consumer doesn’t recognize that; it creates an event that’s up to and including quality bar that we won’t like.”

Or, in other words, if things aren’t working precisely as Google dictates, both audio snippets may be found in the same channel or no sound comes through by any means.

We discussed the impact of Google Pixel 2 along with its big hardware ecosystem India on our weekly technology podcast Orbital, which you may join via Apple Podcasts or RSS or simply listen to this episode by hitting the play button below.

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