Google today announced a new feature for Pixel Buds to help you to customize your sound experience, even find your earbuds more easily if you misplace them. Google also added an experimental feature that alerts you to what’s going on around you even when you have listened with your Pixel Buds.
Google has added two new features Bass Boost and Sharing Detection to give you more options to use Pixel Buds in a way that’s unique to you. Bass Boost allows you to enhance your bass directly in the Pixel Buds settings, and Sharing Detection can decide to share one of your earbuds with someone if you want.
When sharing detection on it will automatically detect when you are sharing an earbud with someone and you can both individually swipe on your respective earbud to control your own volume. That means whether you are listening to music or watching a movie with your friend, you can seamlessly share your Pixel Buds.
The new Transcribe Mode lets you follow along by reading the translated speech directly into your ear, which helps you to understand the gist of what’s being said during longer listening experiences. This initially launches for French, German, Italian, and Spanish speakers to translate English speech, transcribe mode can help you stay present at the moment and focus on the person speaking.
Transcribe mode can work best in a quiet environment where one person is speaking at a time.
The new Attention Alerts experimental features will notify you of important things happening around you like lower the volume of your content momentarily to alert you to what’s going on. eg: dog barks, baby cries.
Earlier this year Google launched a ring my earbuds feature that you can hear where your Pixel Bud is if you have misplaced them. Now Google can help you to find them for you. Google added an update to Find My Device that will show you the last known location of your Pixel Buds on a map even when they are no longer connected to your Android phone.
Now Google Assistant has better control over Pixel Buds, eg. ask Google to turn touch controls on and off, so you don’t need to trigger them. You can set touch controls on and off in the Pixel Buds settings. And Google Assistant will help you to check your battery life, by saying “Hey Google, what’s the battery on my earbuds?”
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