A teardown of Google’s native Android app has revealed that the company may be planning to release headphones that can run Google Assistant.
Google Assistant shares a platform on both Google Home and Android devices running Android 6.0 Marshmallow upwards, though a teardown of the firm’s native Android app has revealed that the company could be ready to produce a series of headphones that might house the intelligent assistant onboard.
A string found within a teardown of version 7.10 of the Google app reveals a string that reads “Your headphones have the Google Assistant. Ask it questions. Tell it to do things. It’s your own personal Google, always ready to help”.
The app reveals that users would be able to make queries and hear answers through the headphones, and that verbal responses to notifications can be made through one of two dedicated buttons. The first apparently takes the form of a ‘Google Assistant’ button, while another, top-mounted button serves an as-yet unspecified purpose.
It is entirely possible that the reference could point towards a new set of headphones that arrive in conjunction with the forthcoming Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, given that both Samsung and LG have seen fit to bundle premium earbuds with their latest devices thanks to partnerships with AKG and B&O Play, respectively.
Another likelihood is that the listing could refer to a specific product (much like Google Home) which the Mountain View company might release in the future, while another (perhaps less likely) avenue is that the firm is seeking to usher in a new standard of Google Assistant-compliant headphones.
What are your thoughts? Would you prefer to interact with Google Assistant through headphones, or is either your smartphone or a smart speaker your most likely avenue for interaction with a digital assistant? Be sure to let us know your opinion in the comments below!