Google Working on Assistant-Powered Smart Headphones, App Code Hints

Alyssa Bailey
August 23, 2017

Digging through the code of the Google 7.10 app, 9to5Google discovered clear references to Google headphones.

Thanks to another Google app sneak peek however, it now appears to refer to Google's secretive "audio wearable" project which has been the subject of hushed speculation since early 2016. As things stand right now, Google Lens support mostly comes down to simple text recognition functionalities.

Following that coding, it is revealed that users will be able to hear your notifications and reply to notifications verbally. It's still the Google Assistant but for what is believed to be a pair of smart headphones. This particular feature has yet to be distributed on a global level but will presumably become more widely available shortly, with its latest version already looking like a almost finished product. At that time, it was speculated as portable audio device.

It seems the input is triggered by physically pressing the left earcup button. "Press and hold the top button". As per the teardown, users would have to go through the standard process to setup Google Assistant on the headphone. To troubleshoot, visit the Help Center.

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There is no information on the release date of the Google Bisto headphones.

The tech giant seems to be betting big on artificial intelligence (AI) as all the products are expected to run Google Assistant. The most talked about hardware event in Silicon Valley will also launch new Pixel phones, a Chromebook Pixel, and a smart Home speaker. The same source who tipped off Android Police to the existence of a mini Google Home is confident that the company will be announcing a follow-up to the Chromebook Pixel very soon.

In addition, the headphones will most likely work while paired with a smartphone, similar to most Wi-Fi-only smartwatches.

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