Bose adds Google Assistant to smart speakers and soundbars

You speak, Google assists. Bose plays.

by Andy Bassett May 22, 2019 at 4:16 PM

  • Google Assistant is being added to Bose’s newest smart speaker, the Home Speaker 300, alongside older speaker and soundbar models which will get the feature via a firmware update.
    The digital voice assistant will come to the Home Speaker 500, Soundbar 500 and Soundbar 700. Bose’s new Home Speaker 300 will ship with the feature already installed.

    With Google Assistant, users can simply issue voice commands to search for music, news, weather and sport. It can also be used to create to-do lists and appointments plus control all Google enabled smart devices throughout the home.

    A simple software update that presents Google Assistant as a voice control option will be automatically received by the device and this can then be enabled using Bose’s mobile app.

    The upcoming Home Speaker 300 aims to provide 360-degree sound from its aluminium shell and, standing at about 15 cm tall, is smaller than the Home Speaker 500 and also lacks the LCD screen (shown in the image above) that the 500 possesses. However, it does share the same playback controls and preset buttons that its larger sibling has and sports an LED strip to indicate that the onboard mic is receiving an audio signal.

    Connectivity includes Bluetooth and AirPlay 2 support.

    The Bose Speaker 300 will be available in the US from 20th June at an RRP of $259.95. Pre-orders are available from 4th June.

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