Bose launches Google Assistant-optimized QuietComfort 35 II headphones
Bose introduced its first headphones that offer seamless access to Google Assistant, the QuietComfort 35 II. The new headphones are available for purchase starting this week for $349.95 and come in black and silver.
Just like the original QC 35 headphones, the sequel model comes with top-notch noise cancellation technology, audio performance, as well as up to 20 hours of battery life. Even the configuration of the buttons remains the same – the audio volume on the right earcup, along with the multi-function button for incoming calls and Siri access.
What makes the QC 35 II different when compared to the predecessor is the new Action button on the left earcup that allows users to connect to Google Assistant without having to use their phones, unlock it, and find the app.
The QC 35 II is the result of the collaboration between Bose and Google, making it the first integration of Google Assistant in a headphone. Moreover, the headphones come with a proprietary Bose microphone system that's said to pick up voices with “remarkable accuracy.”
Ian Lake, a Software Engineer at Google, explains better how Google Assistant works on the QuietComfort 35 II and why they are different from other headphones (including the original Bose model).
On top of that, the features mentioned by Ian Lake work perfectly well on iOS devices as well via Google Assistant app, which makes it suitable for Apple fans too.