Google is working on a set of smart headphones with Assistant built

23 August, 2017, 01:01 | Author: Marjorie Miles
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Users could also ask Google Assistant questions as they now do with their phone or Google Home speaker. 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.

Another notable addition to the latest version of the app pertains to its Home Control section for the Google Assistant which now boasts Scenes and Groups tabs, whereas Google also improved the app's ability to edit and share screenshots. Additionally, there is a mention of a Google Assistant button on a left earcup, which suggests these the headphones are wireless over-ears and not earbuds.

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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". 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. Another string details the setup process: " Your headphones won't be available for a few minutes. At that time, it was speculated as portable audio device.

Because Google Assistant is built in, the headphones will not only read out your notifications, but they will let you speak replies as well. Press the Google Assistant button. Speculations are rife that the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 smartphones would be unveiling in October this year.

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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. The most talked about hardware event in Silicon Valley will also launch new Pixel phones, a Chromebook Pixel, and a smart Home speaker.

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

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