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Google Assistant-powered smart headphones are coming

Google Assistant-powered smart headphones are coming

The data mining brought up the following code: "Your headphones have the Google Assistant".

It seems Google is ramping up its hardware efforts. Firstly, the coding revealed that you'll be able to ask the headphones questions, give them commands and that they'll always be ready to help.

The code has two similar lines within it that says to hear notifications, press the Google Assistant button, while another says to press the top button to hear notifications.

Google may be working on new smart headphones capable of running Google Assistant, according to 9to5 Google.

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"We think these new capabilities will help power the next-generation on-device speech processing, visual search, augmented reality, and more", Android chief engineer Dave Burke said at the time.

The timing of this leak is interesting, as Google is getting ready to launch its Pixel 2 flagship phone in the fall. The element essentially acts as a permanent notification and is labeled as being in the beta phase of development, with users being able to turn off the functionality in the Notifications menu of the system Settings app. Other details are scarce, but a mention of a Google Assistant button on a left earcup suggests these are over-ears (possibly wireless) instead of earbuds.

Lastly, the final coding shows that the headphones will receive over the air firmware updates and the setup process for the headphones. Press the Google Assistant button. Also, it is not known how much the Google Assistant enabled earphones would be costing. Last year, Google held a hardware event in October to officially unveil the Pixel phone as well as the Google Home and Google Wifi products. 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.


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