For last week’s Gemini launch, Google focused on the smartphone form factor. It left Assistant in place on smart displays, speakers, TVs, cars and Wear OS, although “the Gemini mobile app is coming to headphones.”
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This “bisto” form factor comes from the latest beta version of the Google app (15.6):
The Gemini mobile app is working on expanding its availability to make it accessible on your headphones
It’s the most explicit sign of Gemini’s expansion plans, as Google emphasized last week that it was focusing first on Android and iOS smartphones.
Even if your phone has Gemini enabled, Pixel Buds Pro still trigger Google Assistant (as you can tell by the voice and features you have access to).
Gemini for headphones will likely bring AI-driven generative responses to the audio-only medium. Integrating it with headphones, which have the advantage of switching back to the connected phone if something goes wrong, could be a safer start than smart displays/speakers.
It will be interesting to see how Google optimizes Gemini for headphones, especially regarding response duration. Longer answers can be navigated more easily on a screen than on headphones. (It would be nice if Google introduced reading speed customization.)
Also noteworthy in this release are the following error messages:
- “Too many requests in a short time. Try again later”
- “The Gemini mobile app is generating more traffic than usual and is temporarily unavailable. Try again later.”
Meanwhile, work on adding “Look and Talk” to the Pixel tablet, which we first spotted back in October, continues. Once online, you’ll be able to enable the gaze-based alternative to “Hey Google” in the Hub Mode settings.
- “Dock your device and configure Hub Mode to enable Look and Talk. »
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