Oh, hey, Google! Bose brings Google Assistant to smart speakers and soundbars

The Bose Home Speaker 500 now allows a choice of either Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa                  Bose

Downsizing from the larger footprint seen on the Home Speaker 500 has resulted in Bose ditching the small LCD display used to display album artwork for whatever is now playing through the Bluetooth-powered speaker.

Like with the Sonos implementation of its dual assistants, the big limitation here is that you can only have one active on a smart speaker at a time.

If you have Bose's latest speakers in your home or you're planning on getting them, including their newly-announced smallest speakers, then you'll be happy to know that you now have an option which digital assistant to use. You can find and play your favorite tunes, search for answers to questions on Google, create to-do lists, and even control various smart devices around your home, provided they are part of Google's Home ecosystem. Similarly to its larger sibling, it offers "powerful bass" and sound that's projected in all directions.

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Update, May 14, 2019 (09:45 AM ET): At long last, Google Assistant support is finally rolling out to Sonos speakers - two of them, anyway. So, if you're only here for the album artwork, it's worth avoiding the Home Speaker 300.

Bose has also announced a smaller version of its Home Speaker. "This includes the Bose Home Speaker 500, Bose Soundbar 500 and 700, and an all-new, compact smart speaker coming later this summer, the Bose Home Speaker 300". Of course, first and foremost, you'll need a software update that's being applied automatically as we speak to your costly audio equipment. Launched in August of a year ago, the Home Speaker 500 and the two soundbars arrived initially with Amazon Alexa support.

Bose's smart speakers previously provided Amazon Alexa support. It'll arrive in stores on June 20, Bose says.

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