Google Pixel 3, 3 XL will gain external microphone support

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One of the features that wowed us when we first saw the Pixel Buds from Google was the instant translation feature - even if it worked a little slower than "instant" in practice. However, until now this feature was exclusive only to Pixel Buds paired with a Google Pixel smartphone.

Google's Pixel Buds didn't get great reviews, thanks to their unimpressive sound quality, battery life and overall design. Google's Pixel 3 XL has a similar HDR+ mode that does the same thing to eke out more detail in photos with a lot of variation in lighting.

Additionally, the support page also gives a list of langauges that are available for real-time translation on all Assistant-optimized headphones and Android phones.

This should come as quite the pleasant surprise to all Google fans who do not own Pixel phones or don't have a pair of Pixel Buds.

There are still quite a few limitations, but now the translate feature will be available to more Android users. Sony and JBL also have headphones with Google Assistant built in. You can access the feature by using the voice command "hey Google, help me interpret..." followed by your language of choice.

Although some reviews claim that the real-time translation feature is unbelievable, like the underlying technology Google Translate, the feature has a lot to be desired when translating some languages, such as Thai, which is "officially supported" by the technology. The latest LG Tone SE neckbuds support Translate as well. The company makes media streaming devices, smart speakers, home hubs, laptop computers, tablets, mesh Wi-Fi systems, smart thermostats, home security cameras, and plenty more. At the moment, Google hasn't revealed a full list of headphones that will support Google Assistant.

Google said in a forum post on Friday that it'll be adding support for external microphones to the Pixel camera app (via 9to5Google).

This Pixel camera update has been a long time coming. Older Pixel handsets will get the update on October 18, the same day the Pixel 3 will formally be available.

Google will allow Pixel users to record audio via microphones while using the default camera app.

It's not clear if "all Pixels" includes the third generation only, or previous devices like the original Pixel and Pixel 2.

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