Google app APK teardown reveals info on "magic pairing" Google Assistant powered headphones

Google headphones powered by the Google Assistant may be in the works. A teardown of the latest Google app APK reveals details about the headphones codenamed "Bisto"

Published Date
22 - Aug - 2017
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22 - Aug - 2017
Google app APK teardown reveals info on “magic pairing” Google As...

Google might be looking to launch a pair of headphones powered by its AI assistant. Codenamed “Bisto,” these headphones are expected to feature a “magic pairing” mode.

Details about the Google headphones emerged after a teardown of the latest Google app APK by 9to5Google. Various strings from the teardown mention Bisto, headphones that will house the Google Assistant, enabling users to ask questions or give voice commands. Here’s a string from the teardown that mentions the new headphones.

<string name=”bisto_magic_pairing_assistant_prop_text”>”Your headphones have the Google Assistant. Ask it questions. Tell it to do things. It’s your own personal Google, always ready to help.”</string>

The Bisto headphones by Google will obviously house a microphone so that users can interact with the Google Assistant. A string from the teardown also reveals that users will be able to hear incoming notifications read out loud by the Google Assistant. Another string reveals that the headphones will feature two different physical buttons, one “Google Assistant button” and another “Top Button” to enable voice-based replies to notifications.

<string name=”expand_bundle4_1″>To hear them, press the Google Assistant button” and “<string name=”expand_bundle_1″>To hear them, press and hold the top button.</string>

Further, other strings discovered by the publication indicate the setup process for the Google Assistant powered headphones and the fact that they will receive OTA firmware updates.

The Google Assistant allows Android users to interact with their device using voice commands. The Assistant is powered by Google’s AI algorithms and smartly learns from usage behaviour to make suggestions and perform tasks on Android devices. It was first introduced on the Pixel, Pixel XL, Google Home devices and later made available on most Android devices above Marshmallow.

Google may unveil these headphones alongside the Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL smartphones scheduled to launch in October this year. The smartphones will be Google’s second generation flagship devices and are expected to feature a premium price tag. Click here to know more about the upcoming Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL smartphones.

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