There’s an easy way to make Apple’s AirPods play nice with Android devices

Despite Apple famously maintaining a walled garden around its products, its wireless earbuds – the AirPods – work fairly well with Android smartphones.

And they’re set to get even closer to Google’s mobile software: thanks to the AirpodsForGA app from DotArrow, the Google Assistant can now be activated through a pair of AirPods.

Tapping on the AirPods when they’re paired with an iPhone activates Siri, but with AirpodsForGA, a tap on either earbud will now fire up the Google Assistant – arguably the smartest virtual assistant available for smartphones.

It is still possible to use the assistant activation phrase ‘OK Google’, although tapping an earbud is likely to be a little less conspicuous.

There are a few limitations to bootstrapping the AirPods to work with Android devices, notably with Android’s media buttons and the app not firing up when a phone is locked.

While there are plenty of wireless on-ear and over-ear headphones available, there aren’t a huge number of wireless earbuds, and there certainly aren’t many sporting the rather interesting design of the AirPods.

But DotArrow’s new app helps to at least make the AirPods more appealing to Android fans who don’t want to shell-out for an iPhone 8 or the upcoming iPhone X.

With a greater number of handsets beginning to abandon the 3.5mm headphone jack, wireless headphones and earbuds are set to become more popular, so we can expect to see more in the market before too long.

Google has its own Pixel Buds wireless earbuds, which not only do away with the need for cables but also come with some machine learning powered real-time language translation – which arguably make the AirPods look a little basic in comparison.

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