The Bose QuietComfort 35 II are getting a nice upgrade from the original model, officially bringing Google Assistant to a pair of headphones.
Today, Google and Bose officially announced the new QC35 II with built-in Google Assistant. To get it started, you’ll need to connect your smartphone (either an Android phone that supports Google Assistant or an iPhone) to the new QC35 II via Bluetooth, open the Google Assistant app, and follow the onscreen instructions.
The QC35 II feature an Action button on the left cup of the headphones, which means owners will be able to quickly access Google Assistant just by pressing and holding the button. It’s a quick and easy way to reach the Assistant and means you don’t have to rely on the phone to reach it.
Here are the major bullet points, per Google:
- Stay connected to what matters: Hear your incoming messages, calendar events and more, automatically, right from your headphones. So if you’re listening to your favorite song and you get a text, your Assistant can read it to you, no extra steps.
- Listen to music, news and more: Now it’s easier to access a playlist, skip a track or go to a new song when you’re listening to music—and the music experience will continue to get better over time. You can also keep up with news while you take walk, jump in a cab or go for a run. Just ask your Assistant to “play the news” and you’ll get a read-out of the current hot topics. You can choose from a variety of news sources, like CNBC, CNN, NPR and others.
- Keep in touch with friends: You can make a call with just a few simple words—“Call dad”—take the call from your headphones and continue on your way. No stopping or dialing, just talking.
The Bose QuietComfort 35 II with Google Assistant will be available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States beginning today. The headphones retail for $349.95.
Are you planning on picking a pair up?