Google's 'Bisto' headphones might come with Assistant

Leigh Mccormick
August 23, 2017

Discoveries in the Google app for Android reveal that Google is working on smart headphones that will let users activate the Google Assistant and interact with it. Press the Google Assistant button. This suggests that unlike Apple's AirPods, which wakes its own Siri assistant with a double-tap, Google is opting for a more physical approach somewhat like Samsung's "Bixby button" found on the Samsung Galaxy S8 - as well as possibly the upcoming Galaxy Note 8.

The guys at 9to5Google have uncovered some code within the latest beta version of the Google app that specifically talks about some headphones. Apart from song-related controls, users would be able to take calls, do voice searches, hear notifications, and reply to messages using their voice.

Users could also ask Google Assistant questions as they now do with their phone or Google Home speaker. One line of code seems to spell out what Bisto could be: "Your headphones have the Google Assistant". Most importantly, according to the report, these headphones would be capable of getting over-the-air software updates. "It's your own personal Google, always ready to help". With these strings showing up in the Google app now, you have to wonder if these headphones are coming soon, though I'd imagine Google would want to hold a product like this until its big Pixel 2 reveal.

The code also suggests that the headphone won't always be listening and users will have to press a button and speak a query.

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

Meanwhile, Google Home Mini is expected to be even more affordable than the $129 Google Home and could help the company rival Amazon's offering that retails at $179.

Google's next major hardware product may be created to bring the company's smart assistant closer to your ears.

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