Google Assistant rolling out to Sony's two biggest wireless headphones

Sony announced at CES this January that it was updating many of its headphones with official support for the Google Assistant, and we're now seeing that promise come to light as Google's virtual helper is making its way to the WH-1000XM2 and WI-1000X.

Android Police first caught wind of this news, with screenshots showing what you can expect when the update comes your way.

A pop-up in the Sony Headphones Connect app will alert you once the update's arrived, and after upgrading your headphones' software to v2.0.0, the Google Assistant will be fully integrated into them.

Although you could technically access the Assistant prior to this update by using the call button, this now allows for faster responses, notifications can be read back to you, and if you've got the Assistant app installed on an iOS device, that works, too.

Once the update is complete, you'll want to make sure you dive into the settings and change the function of the noise cancellation button from Ambient Sound Control to Google Assistant.

The Assistant should also be arriving on the WF-1000X, WH-CH900N and the H.ear on 2 WH-H900N, but it's unclear when their respective updates will arrive.

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  • They also said they be updating the original MDR-1000X as well but seeing as the Sony connect app does not recognize them idk how they plan on doing that.... Wish we knew more info
  • I have the same issue. Neither NFC of Bluetooth will allow the app to find my headphones
  • I get the update notification when I open the Sony app on my phone and iPad with the headphones connected, but there is no option to actually install it like Sony says there should be on their site. There should be a bar you can click that says "headphone update available", but I don't see it. Have heard some other folks reporting the same. Anyone able to do this?
  • I have the same issue. I'm hoping it's just a slow rollout.
  • I've got the same problem. Was wondering why they're displaying an update notification and don't offer me to install it.
  • My Bowers & Wilkins PX came with this out of the box but didn't advertise it...
  • Didn't see the update all day. A quick check at the Sony esupport Firmware update page for the WH1000XM2 now displays this message: "We apologise for the inconvenience, but the release of this software update has been delayed. We are working on the issue and will release the update as soon as possible"