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Google Pixel Buds rival Apple AirPods

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Google has launched a new pair of wireless headphones designed to work with its new Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 smartphones.

Pixel Buds are broadly similar to Apple’s AirPods, allowing you to listen to music without having to plug in a pair of analogue headphones.

And with no 3.5mm headphone slot on either new Google phone, that’s likely to prove rather handy.

However, the Pixel Buds take things further than their Apple rivals.

Pair them to a new Google phone, tap the right earpiece and you can immediately access Google Assistant, asking it anything from directions to the nearest pub to cuing up your favourite podcast.

The coolest feature, though, sees Google Assistant work with the Pixel Buds to offer translation in real time.

Ask Google Assistant to ‘Help me speak French’ and you then speak a sentence and your phone will translate and output your words through its speaker.

Any reply will be translated back and related via the Pixel Buds. It could prove a huge boon to travellers who find languages an impossibility.

Google says Pixel Buds can translate 40 languages at launch.

The headphones will cost a hefty £159 at launch, shipping in November. Google says they will work with phones running Android Marshmallow or higher.

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