Google and Qualcomm Launch Dev Kit for Google Assistant Headphones

Google Qualcomm dev kit
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Qualcomm announced a partnership with Google to create a reference design and development kit for building Assistant-enabled Bluetooth headphones.

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“As demand for wireless earbuds and headsets grows, so does the need for a platform that elevates the experiences of their users. Our audio solution is designed to do just that: The Qualcomm Smart Headset Reference Design for the Google Assistant is engineered to offer developers the opportunity to experience the functionality supporting simple push-to-talk for the Google service via the Google app running on the phone, which connects to the Google cloud service,” said Qualcomm in its website.

“Manufacturers can then upscale to the Qualcomm Smart Headset Development Kit for the Google Assistant, a comprehensive, customizable development kit designed to include the building blocks needed to create a smart headset which supports Google Assistant, making it simpler for audio manufacturers to start developing straight out of the box.”

The Qualcomm Smart Headset Development Kit is powered by a Qualcomm QCC5100-series Bluetooth audio chip and provides a full reference board for developing new headsets and interacting with the Assistant.

smart headset motherboard
Image: Qualcomm

The Qualcomm Smart Headset Reference Design for the Google Assistant provides the following:

  • Occluded earbuds with ear interface rubbers available from a third party
  • Qualcomm QCC5124 BGA90, 1 in right side
  • Flexy rigid PCB design in both sides
  • 2 mic Qualcomm cVc noise reduction technology on right side
  • 60mA battery per side
  • Micro USB charging — right side
  • Software binary image — ADK based Stereo Headset application supporting Google Assistant
  • Detailed hardware design pack available

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Chris Havell, senior director, product marketing, voice and music at Qualcomm, said “Combined with our Smart Headset Platform, this reference design offers flexibility for manufacturers wanting to deliver highly differentiated user experiences that take advantage of the power and popularity of Google cloud-based services.”

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