Bose QC35 II Headphones Launch with Google Assistant

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.

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Bose QC35 II headphones with Google Assistant built-in reported to go on sale from Friday for $349

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.