Google Assistant will come to older Sony earphones and headphones via software update


While Sony announced a bunch of new earphones, headphones, and wireless speakers at CES 2018, there’s something for owners of slightly older earphones and headphones from the company. Sony has announced that it will add Google Assistant functionality to some of its earphones and headphones, which were launched recently in India, via a forthcoming software update.

Which Sony headphones are getting Google Assistant?

As per Sony’s announcement, the older earphones and headphones that will get Google Assistant via an upcoming software update are:

  1. WF-1000X
  2. WI-1000X
  3. WH-1000XM2
  4. WH-CH900N
  5. h.ear on 2 WH-H900N

Since these earphones and headphones lack support for Wi-Fi, functioning of Google Assistant will require them to be paired with Android smartphones that have access to Google Assistant. Whether or not the functionality works with iOS devices like iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch has not been revealed yet. These iOS devices have access to the Google Assistant app, but it is fairly limited since it can’t be triggered when the app isn’t being actively used. It is already available on Bose QC35 II active noise cancellation wireless headphones.

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Google Assistant

Google Assistant has recently been rolled out to all the Android smartphones that run Android 6.0 or up. It is also available on Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches, Allo and Google Photos app, Google Home devices, Google Pixel Buds earphones, and the Nvidia Shield TV. It will soon be available on Android Auto devices as well as Hyundai’s Blue Link service. Google Assistant will also come pre-loaded with upcoming smart TVs and Wi-Fi-equipped smart wireless speakers from LG and Sony. The AI-powered digital voice assistant will also be available on the JioPhone. It will also be available on Chromebooks.

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