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Sony's Xperia Ear voice assistant arrives in November

"More than meets the ear" is the product's genuine tagline...
Jamie Rigg, @jmerigg
September 1, 2016
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When Sony announced its Xperia X family of smartphones earlier this year, it also snuck in a quick mention of a curious device called the Xperia Ear. When paired with a smartphone via Bluetooth, the wireless earpiece is said to let you tackle all manner of tasks by issuing verbal commands. We're talking dictating messages, searching the web, getting directions, checking your schedule, the weather, the news -- all that stuff. Sony hasn't really talked about the thing since, but today at IFA it revealed the accessory will launch this November "starting in select markets," though its price is still a mystery.

Rather than being a simple conduit for Google Now, the earpiece employs what Sony calls its "Agent" to be your personal, in-ear assistant. Otherwise, all we know about the device is the claim it has a full-day battery life, and that it's light enough to wear comfortably for that long. Oh, and that it's probably not the best thing to listen to your tunes on, since it only fills up one earhole.

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