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Sony is upgrading a bunch of older headphones to work with Google Assistant

Sony is upgrading a bunch of older headphones to work with Google Assistant

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Sony announced a load of new products at CES this year, but it hasn’t forgotten about the older stock either. Buried in the announcements for new wireless earbuds and open-ear headphones, was the news that old speakers and headphones would get support for Google Assistant via a software update.

As spotted first by AndroidPolice (and found in Sony’s PR here), the older models getting the update are:

  • WF-1000X (noise-canceling truly wireless earbuds)
  • WI-1000X (noise-canceling neckbud earphones)
  • WH-1000XM2 (noise-canceling wireless headphones)
  • WH-CH700N (noise-canceling wireless headphones)
  • WF-SP700N (truly wireless fitness earbuds, new at CES this year)
  • WH-H900N (wireless headphones, otherwise known as the h.ear on 2)

A brief aside: is further proof needed that Sony is absolutely terrible at naming things, than the fact that “h.ear on 2” is actually a better name than the WH-H900N? Anyway, I digress. For these older earphones that don’t have their own cell connection, they’ll need to be paired with a phone to use Google Assistant. Sony will deliver the update to them at some unknown point in the future, but after that you’ll be to pester Google to your heart’s content, as well as hear incoming messages and make calls.

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