No Google Universal Translator Love For Non-Pixel Android Phones‽

Google finished unveiling a suite of updated products including Google home mini, Pixelbook, Pixel Phone 2.0 & Pixel Buds.

Hardware wise none of their products are impressive (as they boast yesteryear specs), but software wise Google has jumped past rivals due to one pony trick that Apple can not easily mimick.

Auto translate via Pixel Buds is as close as the world will get to a universal translator & it impressively supports 40 languages!

However instead of sharing this Greek fire with the Android brethren & sistren, Google has sadly wisely restricted this killer feature for Pixel lovers in order to boost sales of their flagship device.

Get real-time translation with Google Translate. Just touch and hold the right earbud to activate the Google Assistant on your Pixel.1 […]

¹The Google Assistant on Google Pixel Buds is only available on Android and requires an Assistant-enabled Android device and data connection. Data rates may apply. For available Assistant languages and minimum requirements go to Requires a Google Account for full access to features. Google Translate on Google Pixel Buds is only available on Pixel. (Google Store, emphasis mine)

This Google exclusive restriction will enrage Android manufacturers who are desperate to come up with a unicorn feature to convince iFolks (like me) to defect away from Apple.

However auto translation may inspire Apple & manufacturers to take artificial intelligence seriously as Google will probably share their one trick pony with the rest of the Made by Google family in the near future.