With the official unveiling of Google’s Pixel 2 smartphones a little over two weeks away, more details are emerging about the search giant’s other products, namely Google Assistant. Last week some code names and diagrams pointed towards the headset and speaker manufacturer, Bose, baking Google Assistant into a new set of over-the-ear headphones, the QuietComfort 35 II. Today, there is definitive proof that this is indeed the case, and that the new headphones will go on sale later this week.
Look what I found early …. Bose QC 35 II pic.twitter.com/vq2zXDDb2A
— Jeremy Judkins (@jeremyjudkins) September 16, 2017
The first substantial evidence that the Bose QC35 II headphones featured Google Assistant built-in came courtesy of Twitter user, Jeremy Judkins, who spotted the headphones on display at his local Best Buy. Despite being in plain sight, he wasn’t allowed to purchase the QC35 II, although he did note that Best Buy had priced them at $349.
According to 9to5Google, Best Buy says the QC35 II headphones will go on sale from 22 September, this Friday. It’s unusual that the new hardware isn’t being announced on October 4th at Google’s official launch date for the Pixel 2, and the rumored Google Home Mini and new Pixel Chromebook. It may just allude to Google launching its own headphones that feature the Google Assistant built-in, though. Let’s face it, $349 for the QuietComfort 35 II isn’t exactly cheap, so maybe Google will announce a cheaper reference design of its own. Google has previously sold the QuietComfort 25 headphones on the Google Store, so they have some history of working together.
If the Bose QuietComfort 35 II headphones with Google Assistant is floating your boat, then you only have a couple of days to wait until Friday when its alleged it will be available to purchase for $349.