Sony is updating existing headphones with Google Assistant

Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks about managing kids’ screen time at the Google I  O conference in Mountain View Calif. Tuesday May 8

Google Assistant might have had humble beginnings, but the digital assistant has expanded to so many different devices these days that it is quickly becoming a ubiquitous resource. Now Sony is updating some of its older headphones with support for the digital assistant as well.

On these first two devices, Sony has repurposed the "ambient" button for Assistant, but you have control over whether or not this is active. Prior to this update going out Google Assistant was technically accessible from both of these pars of headphones but to activate it you were required to hold down the call button.

A pop-up in the Sony Headphones Connect app will alert you once the update's arrived, and after upgrading your headphones' software to v2.0.0, the Google Assistant will be fully integrated into them. Finally, this update means headphone owners can also get their notifications read out loud to them.

Google surprised everyone with its massive presence at CES 2018 early this year, and that came with a huge focus on Google Assistant.

The company has now rolled out firmware update version 2.0.2 for its WH-1000XM2 over-ear headphones and WI-1000X in-ear neckband earphones.

How often do you use Google Assistant? Sony did say back then that this update would also be released for 2 WH-H900N models and the WF-1000X and the WH-CH900N as well.



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