New information on the Google Assistant powered headphones being referred to as ‘Bisto’ by Google surfaced earlier this week, and now there’s a little more information – as well as some speculation about what they could be.
The new information was again found by 9to5Google, who found an animation of Bisto working on a set of over-ear headphones. The animation as well as strings in the Google App beta, show that a button will be pressed to activate the Google Assistant – a good thing when privacy concerns over Google always listening are raised.
The animation looks like this:
As for speculation, it’s possible that Bisto could not be a Google device, but a whole new class of devices from partners. Codenames for Google built, or designed devices (Nexus, Pixel etc.) have generally been fish based: Marlin (Pixel XL), Hammerhead (Nexus 5) etc. but Bisto doesn’t really have a fish equivalent – so maybe it’s not a device, but a new range of devices from third parties that are powered by Google Assistant.
A new pair of updated, but as yet unannounced Bose QC35s could actually be one of these new headphones with a mystery button showing on the new cans. The Verge caught the leak in an email newsletter and noted the button on the side which looks like this:
We could possibly see a whole range of new devices launched in the Bisto class at the Pixel event rumoured for October 5th, but we’ll have to wait and see.