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New Bose QC35 II Headphones Are Optimized For Google Assistant

Adnan Farooqui September 21, 2017

It was reported recently that Bose might launch a pair of new headphones that are optimized for Google Assistant. Even Google is expected to be working on its own pair of Assistant-optimized headphones. Bose has launched the QuietComfort 35 II headphones today and they ship with Google Assistant, the company’s artificial intelligence-powered smart assistant.

The QuietComfort 35 II headphones promise all of the performance and features of the original QC35 headphones. Users are promised the same noise cancellation, audio performance, and a battery life of up to 20 hours. The controls are also on the right earcup while there’s a new Action button on the left earcup for Google Assistant.

Once the headphones are paired with an Android device or an iPhone, QC35 II headphone users will get all of the same Assistant features that they can get through Google Home or the Google app. They can interact with it by pressing down and holding the dedicated button to speak to Assistant.

Assistant can playback incoming messages, calendar events, and more right from the headphones. It enables users to listen to music, news, and more while they’re on the move. They can even make a call right from the headphones.

Google Assistant will only be available on the Bose QuietComfort 35 II in the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom initially. Priced at $349, they’re available for purchase starting today.

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Google’s FCC Filing Hints At Upcoming Google Home Mini

Tyler Lee September 20, 2017

Just the other day we reported that thanks to a huge leak shared by Droid-Life, it seemed that Google has quite a few product announcements they will be making in the coming weeks. One of those leaks revealed that Google has a new Google Home speaker in the works in the form of the Google Home Mini, which might have been confirmed by an FCC filing.

According to the FCC filing, it mentions a “media streaming device” that based on a circular base diagram with a regulatory label, it looks like it could fit the Google Home Mini perfectly, that is unless this is for something else entirely. 9to5Google notes that the filing also mentions that this label will be adhered to the device using strong pressure-sensitive glue, which they speculate is one of the cost-cutting measures that the company is employing.

This is because unlike the more expensive Google Home, the Mini version is said to only cost $49 which is pretty affordable. The filing also reveals that the device will sport Bluetooth and WiFi radios which isn’t surprising for a set of smart speakers. In any case this is actually not the first time that we’re hearing that a smaller Google Home could be in the works.

Google is expected to host an event on the 4th of October where their new Pixel 2 phones will be announced, but like we said the recent Droid-Life leak has revealed that there will be more than phones shown off at the event.

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Google Home Mini Leaked, Rumored To Cost $49

Tyler Lee September 19, 2017

The Google Home was Google’s first foray into smart speakers where it seemed that they were looking to compete with the likes of the Amazon Echo lineup of devices. However unlike the Echo series of devices, Google Home was only offered in one size and one option, although recent rumors have indicated that a smaller version could be in the works.

It turns out that the rumors could be true after all because in a post by Droid-Life, they have shared renders of what appears to be the Google Home Mini on their website. As the name implies, this will be a smaller version of the Google Home and we guess would compete against devices like the Amazon Echo Dot.

The speakers will come in three color options: Chalk, Charcoal, and Coral. It does not appear to be wireless speakers as the renders show a cord attached to them. Other than the smaller size, it will presumably offer up the same capabilities of the Google Home, just in a smaller package for those who might prefer a smaller footprint in their home.

As for pricing, Droid-Life claims that the Google Home Mini will retail for a very affordable $49. In any case details of the Google Home Mini should be announced alongside Google’s new Pixel phones on the 4th of October, so remember to check back with us then for the official details.

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Bose QuietComfort 35 II Spotted At Best Buy, Could Go On Sale Soon

Tyler Lee September 17, 2017

Recently we have been hearing reports that Bose might have a new pair of headphones in the works in the form of the Quiet Comfort 35 II. What makes these headphones interesting is that they are said to feature Google Assistant built into them and is rumored to be part of Google’s “Bisto” lineup of devices which we have been hearing about.

Turns out that the headphones are not only real, but could go on sale soon because in a recent tweet by Jeremy Judkins, it seems that he has spotted the Bose QC 35 II at a Best Buy outlet, complete with the mention of Google Assistant’s integration. However despite it being put on display, Best Buy’s system would not allow the headphones to be sold and priced it at $350.

Look what I found early …. Bose QC 35 II pic.twitter.com/vq2zXDDb2A

— Jeremy Judkins (@jeremyjudkins) September 16, 2017

So when will the headphones be released? According to a report from 9to5Google, they made inquiries and was told by Best Buy employees that the headphones would be going on sale this coming Friday, the 22nd of September. It is an interesting choice of a date because it was widely speculated that the headphones could have been announced on the 4th of October at Google’s Pixel 2 event.

However we suppose Bose could launch the headphones early and Google could simply mention it again at the event, although it would no longer be a surprise by then.

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Bose Developing Google Assistant-Enabled Headphones

Adnan Farooqui September 14, 2017

Bose is reportedly developing its first pair of headphones that will come with Google Assistant baked in. The new product is said to be the successor to the Bose QuietComfort 35 headphones. Google itself added headphones to its support website recently which was a major indication that a product of this sort was on the horizon. Now there are more reports revealing what Bose has in the pipeline.

9to5Google reports that the Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones II will be the first pair of headphones that are created in partnership with Google for Google Assistant. The scribe claims to have seen Bose documentation that confirms this.

A fact sheet that Bose has made for employees reveals that the new headphones will have Google Assistant as well as noise cancellation. While the scribe can’t publish the product sheet, it shared the following bit about the Assistant:

“With your Google Assistant built in, you can control music, send & receive texts, and get answers using just your voice. Just press and hold the Action button, and start talking.”

Apparently, there’s going to be an “Action button” on the left cup that you won’t find on any other Bose headphones. Users will press this button to give Assistant a command and also use it to hear their notifications.

The existing QC35 Bose headphones are sold for $349.95 in the United States so it’s likely that the Google Assistant-enabled headphones might cost the same. It’s possible that they might be announced at Google’s October 4th event.

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Researchers Demonstrate ‘Dolphin Attack’ That Targets Digital Voice Assistants

Tyler Lee September 7, 2017

We hear about our smartphones being vulnerable to attacks all the time, and with the rise in popularity in digital voice assistants, it seems that we now have a new avenue to be worried about. A report from FastCompany has revealed that Chinese researchers have discovered a new way that hackers can take control of your smartphone using your voice assistant.

Dubbed the DolphinAttack, this technique was discovered by a team at the Zhejiang University in which it uses normal voice commands that have been transformed into ultrasonic frequencies to communicate with your phone. These frequencies cannot be heard or detected by the human ear, but can be picked up by microphones and voice assistants, which if you have enabled it to be always-on will act on those commands where possible.

This isn’t just limited to smartphones but it works with any device that has an always-on voice assistant software running on it. For example the researchers managed to test it out on a MacBook and an Audi Q3 where they managed to get the car’s navigation system redirected to a new location.

However there is a potential fix and that is all companies need to do is tell their voice assistants to ignore commands that are speaking at 20kHz by using a digital audio filter, although the researchers suggest that in theory, the reason this hasn’t been done is because maybe the voice analyzing software needs every bit of your voice in order to parse the commands. In any case we can only hope that with this knowledge being public that these tech companies will try to come up with some kind of fix for it.

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Sony Unveils Smart Speaker Powered By Google AssistantSony Unveils Smart Speaker Powered By Google Assistant

Tyler Lee September 1, 2017

#IFA2017 – With smart speakers starting to become more mainstream, thanks to companies like Amazon and Google, it isn’t really that surprising to see more companies hop on board the bandwagon. Now Sony has been known for creating some pretty decent audio products, and if you’re looking for a new set of smart speakers, the company has you covered.

Announced at IFA 2017, Sony has taken the wraps off the LF-S50G which is a set of smart speakers that is powered by Google Assistant. This means that just like the Google Home, the LF-S50G can be activated using your voice and can do what Google Home can do, like control your smart home appliances, ask for the news, weather updates, play and control your music, and so on.

It also appears to have a mesh grill that has some LEDs hidden behind it that can form numbers to tell the time, but unfortunately apart from that, not much is known about the speakers. It will have Bluetooth and NFC connectivity which are some options that you can use to pair your device with it, along with Chromecast support and an IPX3 rating.

As for pricing, the Sony LF-S50G will be priced at $200 and is set for a release this coming October.

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JBL LINK Speakers Announced With Google Assistant Integration

Tyler Lee August 31, 2017

#IFA2017 – While it did take Apple a while before they decided to open up Siri to third-party developers, companies like Amazon and Google wasted no time, which probably allowed them to get a headstart when it came to third-party devices that came bundled with either Alexa or Google Assistant.

Now if you’re looking for a set of smart speakers with Google Assistant built into it, you might be interested to learn that you’ll have more options to choose from, thanks to JBL announcing the JBL LINK series of speakers that will come with Google Assistant integrated into them, thus giving users the ability to control their speakers and other devices through voice commands.

There will be three different LINK speakers to choose from at the start. There will be the LINK 10 and LINK 20, both of which are designed to be small and portable and will offer up 5 and 10 hours of battery life respectively, and will also be IPX7 certified, meaning that they will be waterproof up to a certain degree.

Then for those who are after something a bit more robust, there is the LINK 300 which will be bigger and will offer up a more “powerful sound”. Just link JBL’s other speakers, these LINK speakers can be daisy-chained together to help create a multi-room effect. The speakers are priced at 169 EUR, 199 EUR, and 299 EUR respectively and will be released in the UK, Germany, and France this fall, but no word on a stateside release just yet.

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Google Announces Three Assistant-Compatible Third-Party Speakers

Adnan Farooqui August 30, 2017

Google today announced that customers will soon be able to purchase three new third-party speakers that have its Google Assistant baked in. This follows an earlier announcement from the company when it confirmed that an SDK was being released so that third-party device manufacturers could make their own smart speakers powered by Google’s artificial intelligence-powered virtual assistant.

Anker’s Zolo Mojo is one of those speakers. It’s not the first smart speaker that Anker has ever made, the company has already launched an Echo Dot rival of its own called the Eufy Genie.

Anker says that the Mojo is an entry-level smart speaker that costs $70. It has a 5 watt speaker with two microphones and has support for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Google Cast Audio. Anker will release it in October.

There aren’t a lot of details available right now about Panasonic’s speaker. It’s called the Panasonic GA10 and what’s known so far is that it has Google Assistant.

The last third-party speaker announced today is called the Mobvoi TicHome Mini and we’ve already covered that particular speaker in detail earlier today.

Google has confirmed that most of these new speakers will be available in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Germany, and France in the near future. Pricing and availability is obviously going to vary by market.

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You Can Now Shop On Walmart Using Google Assistant

Tyler Lee August 23, 2017

With the Amazon Echo series of smart speakers that come with the Alexa AI baked into it, it has allowed users to interact with Amazon’s various services including doing their online shopping. Now clearly Walmart, who is one of the bigger retailers in the US, isn’t going to let Amazon have all the fun and have since announced a new partnership with Google.

Basically if you shop via Walmart and have a device that has Google Assistant, like an Android phone or the Google Home, Walmart is now saying that users will actually be able to do their shopping via voice commands, so as you go through your fridge and pantry, you can use voice commands to add items to your shopping list.

Walmart has also announced that their Easy Reorder feature will be integrated into Google Express, which in turns helps to create a personalized shopping experience in which previous orders can be remembered to make it more efficient. “When it comes to voice shopping, we want to make it as easy as possible for our customers. That’s why it makes sense for us to team up with Google. They’ve made significant investments in natural language processing and artificial intelligence to deliver a powerful voice shopping experience. “

That being said, Walmart won’t be available on Google Express until late September, but for those interested you can head on over to Google’s website and sign up to be notified for when it launches.

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