Google Assistant-powered headphones might soon be a thing


Given the timing, though, it wouldn't be shocking if Google had Bisto ready for its now-customary fall hardware event, which could include new Pixel phones, a reborn Chromebook Pixel and an entry-level Home speaker. The mysterious moniker showed up several times in source code linked to various Google app updates over the past few months, vanishing into thin air at one point only to return more revealing than ever just yesterday.

The Google app for Android has hidden a code that references headphones that support Google Assistant, 9to5Google has found. Ask it questions. Tell it to do things.

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The code also suggests that the headphone won't always be listening and users will have to press a button and speak a query. Apart from giving commands through Google Assistant, the device will be able to hear incoming notifications and read them aloud. The code from the Google app APK details the buttons, namely, Google Assistant button and top button.

However, it does appear there is no "always-on" microphone, meaning users can not engage with the assistant with a customary wake-up phrase as "Okay Google". At some point before the end of the year, follow-ups to last year's Pixel phones are due - but alongside them, it looks like Google is planning not one, not two but three new product announcements. Finally, the Google Assistant panel now boasts a softer, more rounded design, whereas Google is also experimenting with allowing users to search the contents of the Recents tab, the teardown revealed.

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There is no information on the release date of the Google Bisto headphones. It would be a logical step for the company to turn the heat on Apple, which has its highly anticipated iPhone 8 in the works, by launching these headphones alongside the Pixel 2, which is expected to give a tough competition to iPhone8.

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