You no longer need a pair of “optimized for the Google Assistant” headphones to use the spoken notifications feature. Google has confirmed to the people of 9to5Google that Assistant support, including spoken notifications, is now available on all wired headsets.
Until now, this Assistant feature was only available on certain Bluetooth wireless headsets. On the wired side, it was only available on Google’s USB-C Pixel Buds.
When you connect your wired headphones to your Android device, a setup process will now start requiring you to enable the notification access permission for the Google app in the system settings. Once enabled, the Google Assistant will be able to read your notifications to you. You will also be asked to allow personalized results when your phone is locked and the headphones are connected.
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If you want to speak to the Assistant, you will need to press and hold the “action button” on your headset. You can check if the setup process is complete by going to the Devices list in the Google Assistant settings. You should find your wired headphones in the “Personal” section.