Google Assistant is coming to select Bose smart speakers

Just last week, we reported that Sonos finally rolled out the Google Assistant to its line of smart speakers. While Sonos speakers already featured the Amazon Alexa voice assistant, letting users choose from more than one voice assistant should help entice those who have gone all-in on Google.

Today, Bose is making the same move.

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Starting today, the Google Assistant will be accessible through Bose’s line of smart speakers and sound bars. So far, the list of devices includes the Bose Home Speaker 500, the Bose Soundbar 500, Soundbar 700, and the upcoming Bose Home Speaker 300. New smart speaker products from the company should also have access to the assistant going forward.

Product image of the Bose Souundbar 700 (white) from Bose press release. The soundbar sits ona wood TV stand with a TV above it.
Product image of the Bose Souundbar 500 from Bose press release. The soundbar sits ona wood TV stand with a TV above it.

If you already own one of these speakers, it should receive an automatic software update enabling the Google Assistant starting today. All you need to do is open the Bose Music app, select the “voice settings” menu, and select the Google Assistant as your primary voice assistant. Users who purchase a Bose smart speaker after the update goes live will have the option to select Google Assistant at setup.

It’s nice to see more companies giving choice to consumers when it comes to smart assistants. Ecosystem lockdown is never good for the end user, and we all appreciate some good old fashion choice.

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