Google Assistant can read notifications while using wired headphones

The Google Assistant has got a new feature that allows incoming notifications to be read aloud with wired headphones. This function works with all wired headphones, regardless of their USB Type-C or 3.5 mm standard connection. When you plug in your wired headphones, you should receive a Google Assistant notification asking you to speak to your assistant using headphones. Once you’ve given the wizard the necessary permissions, it can read your messages aloud for you.

Users have been able to activate the Google Assistant with their wired and wireless headphones for a while, but functionality was limited. With some Bluetooth headphones, users could listen to their notifications while the assistant read them out. Now Google has rolled out this functionality to all wired headphones. The development was According to reports 9to5Google confirmed earlier this month that the feature would be available for all wired headphones.

When you plug your wired headphones into your phone using the USB Type-C port or the 3.5mm headphone jack, you should get a notification from the Google Assistant. Tapping the notification should start the setup process and you will need to “allow your assistant to read your notification”. After you have given the wizard additional permissions, the setup should be complete. You can also go to the device list in the Google Assistant settings and tap Wired headphones to enable or disable help from Google.

9to5Google mentions that holding down the action button on the headphones activates the Google Assistant and holding it for two seconds causes the assistant to note the time and then “summarize the number of warnings and then read back your latest notifications”. However, we tested this feature and found that with wired headphones connected, the “Get help from Google” option did nothing and the headphones status is not connected. If you return and return to this menu, the Get help from Google option will be disabled.

Google Assistant now also shows lights in the four typical Google colors when activated. It shows a compact panel that says “Hello, how can I help you?” or suggests a search. The keyboard option is still available at the bottom right.

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