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Google says its new earbuds will be able to translate 40 different languages in your ear

Passengers use their mobile phones on a skytrain in Bangkok June 20, 2014. Thailand's telecoms sector is fast emerging as the first economic casualty of an interventionist junta in a country that has swung between democratic and military rule more times than any other nation in Southeast Asia. The government led by General Prayuth Chan-ocha halted an auction of 4G bandwidth last week after giving its blessings to the tender in May when it came to power. Telecoms analysts say the suspension could lead to $4 billion in investment and revenue losses in a sector that accounts for a tenth of Thailand's GDP. A prolonged delay could also cause mobile service disruptions. Picture taken June 20, 2014. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha (THAILAND - Tags: BUSINESS TELECOMS POLITICS) - GM1EA6N0GUP01

The Google Pixel Buds include the ability to live translate 40 languages with just the touch of a button or speaking a prompting phrase. Image: REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

Patrick Caughill
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Google has announced the upcoming release of the Google Pixel Buds, earbuds that are capable of translating 40 languages. The device will be available in November for $159.

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Google is not far from the heels of Apple and is rapidly gaining ground. The internet and tech giant has just announced a new addition to their device family and it comes with some pretty neat features. The Google Pixel Buds are similar to Apple’s AirPod headphones with a few notable exceptions, including the remarkable ability to live translate 40 languages with just the touch of a button or speaking a prompting phrase, like “help me speak Spanish.”

This functionality is only available when the headphones are paired with a Google Pixel 2 phone, further demonstrating how Google is looking to directly compete with Apple in the mobile field. The earphones are able to utilize Google’s AI-powered, voice-activated assistant, Google Assistant. According to Google CEO Sundar Pichai’s statement to investors, “We have improved our translation ability more in one single year than all our improvements over the last 10 years combined.”

Mobile technologies are increasingly developing to integrate into new areas of our lives. Devices are even able to turn your phone into a mobile lab. Pairing machine learning and mobile devices will only continue to expand the possibilities of our mobile devices.

The earbuds will cost $159 when they become available in November. Preorders have just begun on the Google store website.

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