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Google today unveiled Pixel Buds earbuds, the company’s first pair of wireless headphones. When paired with an Android smartphone with Google Assistant installed, Pixel Buds delivers notifications, reads text messages, or plays music; when using a Pixel or Pixel 2, it can carry out real-time translation of 40 languages. Pixel Buds will be available for purchase for $159 in November. Preorders for U.S. consumers begin today, while Google Pixel Buds will come to Singapore, U.K., Germany, Canada, and Australia later this month.
Translations will be available in 40 languages, including Finnish, Swedish, Spanish, Japanese, and Hungarian.
Pixel Buds debuted alongside Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones, Google Home Mini, Home Max, Pixelbook, and an add-on camera named Clips at Google’s biggest hardware event of the year, held today at the SFJazz Center in San Francisco.
The wireless headphones appear to be the second with Google Assistant inside, following the release of Bose QC35 II wireless headphones two weeks ago.
Tap the earbud to start music with Pixel Buds, and swipe forwards or backwards to adjust volume. To speak with Google Assistant, you touch and hold the earbuds button. Double tap a Pixel Bud earbud and Google Assistant will deliver notifications such as upcoming events on your calendar or recent text messages. To verify a message before sending, Google Assistant can read your reply message back to you before sending a response.
Pixel Buds comes with up to 5 hours of listening time with one charge, or up to 24 hours of charges via its carrying case. Pixel Buds will be available in three colors to match the Pixel 2s: Clearly White, Kind of Blue, and Just Black.
Headphones made by Google have long been anticipated. An FCC filing for Google-branded wireless headphones and reports of a project code-named Bisto first emerged in April.
At an event held at the same time last year, Google brought a variety of devices to market, including the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, Daydream VR headset, Google Wifi, and Google Chromecast 4K Ultra, and it announced plans to launch the Actions on Google platform for third-party developers to create voice apps for Google Assistant.
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