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Google looks ready to launch its own version of Apple AirPods

  • Google appears to be ready to launch its own smart headphones.
  • Code suggests users will be able to speak to Google Assistant.
  • They may be Google's answer to Apple's popular AirPods headphones.
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Google may soon launch its own set of headphones to compete with Apple AirPods.

References to the headphones were recently discovered by 9to5Google in code buried inside the Google application.

The code specifically notes a product named "Bisto" and says: "Your headphones have the Google Assistant. Ask it questions. Tell it to do things. It's your own personal Google, always ready to help."

The code also suggests that Google's Android partners will be able to build their own versions of the smart headphones.

Apple's AirPods have been so popular that they've been hard to find ever since launch; only recently is stock starting to pop up in some retailers without long shipping delays. Their design, which allows users to charge the headphones when they're not in use, is particularly compelling. Support for Siri, too, allows users to speak commands without pulling out an iPhone.

Google is expected to host an event this fall where we should see new Pixel phones and, if other rumors are correct, a new Google Chromebook and a smaller Google Home speaker.

CNBC reached out to Google for comment but a spokesperson was not immediately available.