theverge.com - 7 days ago
Pioneer's Lightning earbuds get Alexa-like always-listening ‘Hey Siri’ support
Pioneer has issued a new software update for its Rayz Lighting headphones, which adds support for Apple’s always-listening “Hey Siri” voice control prompt, along with several other minor fixes.
This isn’t the first time that Pioneer has updated the Rayz, either. Earlier this summer, the company added a new Smart Mute feature that automatically silences your side of the call when you’re not talking when using the headphones for phone conversations. Pioneer continues to support the Rayz after launch, which is good A software update for a pair of headphones may not sound significant, but the fact that Pioneer continues to update the Rayz Plus is actually kind of important. They’re a proof of concept that manufacturing can use the added smarts from Lighting and USB-C headphones to continue to support headphones after launch. Ultimately, this can extend the life of your earbuds, which is always a good thing — even if you don’t own a pair of Rayz Plus. The Pioneer Rayz Plus are available for $149.95 from Apple or Amazon.
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