Google introduced its phones Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL last Wednesday, of which we already discussed its possibilities to rival the iPhone. A camera of 12.2 megapixels and a lot of revolutionary features, all linked to its artificial intelligence, driven by a very fast processor.
The price of the terminal that will reach the United States, the Pixel 2 XL, does not reach 200 dollars, and marks a different bet from Google to get the part of the public that lives in the upper part of the market, which compete Samsung and iPhone. However, beyond the device itself, its power and all the add-ons surrounding the #MadeByGoogle presentation, nothing has drawn more attention than the combination of its first headphones and its virtual assistant: a combination that threatens to load at a stroke all academies and apps dedicated to language learning.
To explain it understandably (as was done in the presentation), suppose you are a tourist visiting the United States. In a city in the Midwest where Spanish is not an overused language, and is lost in some place that does not know how to leave, without knowledge of the language, there are two ways out of the quagmire. Just place your headset, touch the right handset that invokes the Google Assistant and ask you to guide you to your destination or, if one feels adventurous, just say "speak English". From there you just have to look for someone to say "can you help me get out of here?". The wizard will move your phrase to your data center and the anonymous human being who is helping you will hear through the powerful speakers of the Pixel 2, the phrase you just pronounced. In perfect English and -eye- in real time.
Not only that: when he answers, the headphones will translate his response. In perfect Spanish and - naturally - in real time. In short: if you have a battery on the Pixel 2 XL, data and a few Pixel Buds (which have about five hours of autonomy), you could have a real-time conversation in more than 40 languages. No mess, no dictionaries, without having to study anything anywhere.
According to those attending the event, who were able to try various demonstrations in different languages, the device exhibits an enviable reliability and promises what it offers: a way of communicating absolutely unprecedented until now and that is of enormous appeal for those travelers who meet each other when in situations where knowledge of the native language is essential.
It is not the first time that this is tried, and experts remembered yesterday other add-ons designed to work with the iPhone and different applications of simultaneous translation that did not have - not so far - the performance of Pixel 2, whose processing speed is three times faster than its predecessors. Of course, to enjoy the headphones that will make you polyglot you will have to pay 159 dollars that added to the price of the phone, leave the bill in high territories. And that, for the moment, will only be available as of November for countries that have Google Assistant: in Spain, where the Assistant will arrive at the end of the year and the Pixel 2 XL in second launch, Google does not have them in the Catalogue.
No one said that speaking forty languages was cheap.