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Google announces 'made for Google' program to certify accessories

The focus of today's announcement might have been the new Pixel phones, but Google also had a nice little surprise that accompanied all the hardware-related news. At the bottom of the blog post for the new Pixel phones, Google revealed that it has a new program called "made for Google" which certifies that accessories like cases, cables, and headphones from different manufacturers meet the company's stringent requirements. 

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Google uploaded a pile of videos showing off how the Google Assistant works on headphones

The Google Help account uploaded three new videos a few days back, detailing exactly how to use the Google Assistant on devices like Bose's recently released QuietComfort 35 II. If you've been wondering how, exactly, the Google Assistant works in that type of environment, it actually looks reasonably intuitive. And either way, the videos are pretty short and worth a watch. 

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[Update: Winners] Giveaway: Anyone in the world has a chance to win a pair of Jaybird X3 Bluetooth headphones [International]

International giveaways are popular here at Android Police, and today we've got an excellent one. We're teaming up with Jaybird to give away five of the company's X3 Bluetooth headphones. They're rugged, wireless, and sweatproof so they can handle whatever you toss at them. And five lucky readers, wherever they might be, will be able to grab a set for free. 

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Bose launches pricey SoundSport Free wireless earbuds, plus a ridiculous neck speaker

The headline announcement from Bose yesterday may have been the Google Assistant-toting QuietComfort 35 II headphones, but it wasn't the only new product the company has to shout about. There's also the completely wireless SoundSport Free earbuds, which are being touted as a worthy Apple AirPods competitor. And just for a bit of a laugh (unfortunately they're actually serious), Bose is also releasing the preposterous SoundWear Companion Speaker, a "neck speaker" to you and me.

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Bose's Google Assistant-optimized QuietComfort 35 II headphones are now official

It's been known for some time that Google was planning to release its own Google Assistant headphones (Bisto), and we also knew that third parties would be releasing headphones with similar functionality. Thanks to a couple of leaks, we knew that Bose would be launching the QuietComfort 35 II with the Assistant built-in, and today that news has been officially announced by both Google and Bose.

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[Update: Video leaked] Bose's forthcoming QuietComfort 35 II will be part of the "Bisto" family, support Google Assistant

Bose's QuietComfort 35 have been a huge hit in spite of its $349 MSRP. The headphones are comfortable, put out good sound, and the noise cancellation works very well. There's really no need for an imminent successor, but that's not how the tech industry works. The appropriately-named QuietComfort 35 II has been leaked with Google Assistant support, meaning that this is one of Google's "Bisto" headphones.

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Jaybird announces the Freedom 2 earbuds and Jaybird Run completely wireless earbuds

Jaybird has made plenty of Bluetooth earbuds over the years, including the excellent Jaybird X3 earbuds from last year. Today, the company has announced a pair of new products. It's updating the Jaybird Freedom (which I wasn't as keen on) with the Freedom 2. It's also getting into this completely wireless earbud game with the Jaybird Run.

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[Update: Best Buy too] Deal Alert: Sennheiser HD1 wireless headphones with active noise cancellation down to $399 ($100.95 off) on Amazon

Like it or not, Bluetooth headphones are becoming more and more popular these days. Whether we're talking about over-ear headphones like the Bose QuietComfort 35 or more compact solutions like the Bragi Dash, it's hard to deny that they're becoming increasingly popular. On the upper end of the wireless headphones market sits the Sennheiser HD1, which at its $499.95 MSRP, is one of the most expensive Bluetooth headphones you'll find for sale. Its current Amazon price of $399 makes owning the HD1s a little more realistic.

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Google app v7.11 beta suggests the next Android version is 8.1, adds battery levels for Bisto headphones, prepares to tweak user-defined actions, and more [APK Teardown]

The latest update to the Google app is rolling out to beta channel members right now. There aren't any immediately obvious changes on the surface, but as the tradition often goes, there are some things under the hood worthy of discussion in a teardown. This version brings a pretty good indicator that 8.1 will be the next version of Android. There are also signs that user-defined actions are going to get some changes in the future. We're also going to hit an option to turn off the built-in screenshot handler and a little bit more about Google's upcoming "Bisto" headphones.

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Disclaimer: Teardowns are based on evidence found inside of apks (Android's application package) and are necessarily speculative and usually based on incomplete information.
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Sony announces two more Bluetooth headphones and a pair of earbuds, all with terrible names

There have been plenty of audio product announcements at IFA, like Google Assistant speakers from JBL and noice-cancelling headphones from Sony. Now, Sony has announced a few more products at the event - Bluetooth headphones and earbuds.

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