Bose launched a successor to their well received noise cancelling QuietComfort 35 (QC35) headphones yesterday with Google Assistant integration, dubbed the QC35 II. They work via Bluetooth with both Android (Marshmallow and above) and iOS, and feature a dedicated Google Assistant button on the left ear cup. Voice activated commands can now play music, messages, news and of course place calls, although overall functionality might not be quite as comprehensive as Google Home.
Your smartphone will shoulder the majority of Google Assistant’s functions, but if you don’t have a Google account, the button can also be used to adjust noise cancellation between three settings. A multi-function button on the right ear cup can also provide access to an alternate assistant (Siri, etc.).
The anatomy of the QC35 II is virtually identical to its predecessor, including an Alcantara cushion on the underside of the headband for all-day comfort, glass-filled nylon and stainless steel construction for corrosion resistance and durability, and their lauded ear cushions made from synthetic protein leather. They come in two colors, black or silver.
You can buy QC35 II headphones today for $349 in the US and availability includes Canada, Australia, the UK and parts of Europe. In markets where Google Assistant isn’t available, the button will only control noise cancellation functions.