Google's Pixel Camera Will Support External Microphones Starting This Week

Google's Pixel Camera Will Support External Microphones Starting This Week

This feature has been available only on the Pixel Buds when paired with a Google Pixel smartphone. Google updated its Pixel Buds support page over the weekend, and Android news blog Droid Life first spotted the change. Though the Pixel Buds failed to live up to expectations, what caught our attention was the exclusive Pixel Buds feature called Google Translate. Sony and JBL also have headphones with Google Assistant built in.

At the moment, the real-time translation feature supports some 40 languages including English. To translate language which you do not understand, you will need to download the Google Translate app in your device. While the earlier I/O was all about Gmail that writes itself to a new Google Assistant and Google Home, in the latest event, the Mountain View giant announced a new set hardware enhancements in its smartphones.

The camera systems in the iPhone XS Max and Google Pixel 3 XL both have their strengths and weaknesses, but when it comes down to it, both are so good that determining which one is better is a matter of preference.

Real-time translation means the earphones can pick up conversations in different languages and translate them on the fly. However, despite the unparalleled computational photography performance, the Pixel phones have always been lacking one thing - the ability to record audio via external microphones using the stock camera app. Google has heard complaints about the issue and is now ready to fix it. Similarly, Lens Suggestions, which is an expanded form of Google Lens, is out for the Pixel 2 and 2 XL.

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Until now, Pixel owners haven't been able to use an external microphone with the default camera app.

IsaacOnCamera, a Google employee on the Pixel User Community page, broke the news late last week. "I hope you all enjoy the update", Isaac said.

There's no word yet on which microphones will be supported.

"Pixel 3" comes with a 5.5-inch OLED display, 2915mAh battery and 8MP+8MP front-facing cameras. Even better is that update will be coming to the camera apps on the Pixel 2 and original Pixel as well.

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