Is Google making a pair of headphones with its virtual assistant built-in? That seems to be what snippets of code in the latest version of the Google app (7.10) suggest. 9to5Google has sifted through the evidence and found a number of references in the app’s APK to a mystery product, codenamed “Bisto.” One line of code seems to spell out what Bisto could be: “Your headphones have the Google Assistant. Ask it questions. Tell it to do things. It’s your own personal Google, always ready to help.”
Of course, just because these lines of code appear in the Google app, it doesn’t mean that the company will actually release a pair of Assistant-equipped headphones. But it’s interesting to speculate. The code dug up by 9to5Google also mentions the ability to hear and reply to notifications using the headphones, as well as dedicated buttons for launching Assistant. “To talk to me or ask me a question, press and hold the Google Assistant button on the left earcup while talking,” says one line of the code. We’ll have to keep our ears to the ground for future developments.