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Google Pixel Buds Gain New Safety, Translation Smarts

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Aug 20, 2020, 11:14 AM   by Rich Brome   @rbrome

Google today released a new "feature drop" update for its Pixel Buds true wireless earbuds, adding a number of new features. With the new Attention Alerts feature, the Buds will now actively listen for specific outside sounds that may be important — such as dog barks, baby cries, and emergency vehicle sirens — and automatically lower the volume so you can safely remain aware of your surroundings. A new "transcribe" mode for language translation will continuously translate from one language to another and speak the translation into your ears. This one-way mode is ideal for understanding lectures or tour guides, unlike the existing "conversation mode" for back-and-forth interaction. Transcribe mode is initially available for translating English into Spanish, French, German, and Italian. Another new feature gives each Bud individual volume controls when sharing one bud with another person. Google has also added a new Bass Boost option. Finally, the Find My Device function can now display the last known location of your Pixel Buds on a map. Pixel Buds are available from Google for $179.

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