Monday, 18 December, 2017

Bose QuietComfort 35 II to be the first Google Assistant-enabled headphones

Bose Quiet Comfort 35 II A screenshot from the product video
Sherri Watson | 17 September, 2017, 09:56

Previously in August, The Verge revealed, in a report, that the company had accidentally included an image of the unreleased headphones in a marketing newsletter. A promotional video of QuietComfort 35 (QC35) II, an upcoming addition to Bose's QuietComfort of noise-cancelling headphones lineup surfaced online on Thursday, giving us the first look at what the Google Assistant-powered headphones could do. The design matches the strings of code found inside the Google app and may be the device that's codenamed "baywolf". Users can perform several things using only their voice: ask questions, send and receive texts, control music, and more, provided a paired smartphone is in close range.

Update 10:16 AM PT: After publishing this article, a reddit user shared photos of the device's retail box showing a "Google Assistant built-in" logo. On the unit, there will be a new "Action button" that is pressed to activate Google Assistant. The only real difference here is the presence of the new Action button. At the time, it was speculated to be just a follow-up to last year's model. These headphones will come in black and silver variants.

Other specs for this device include "adjustable noise cancelation" and a "Noise-rejecting dual microphone" that "Provides clear calls and accurate Google Assistant response in noisy environments". According to Bose, it will be having 20 hours of battery life.

To make things convenient for the user, we also believe Bose will bundle in a 3.5mm audio cable in case you run out of battery.

9to5Google reported the new QuietComfort 35 II headphones would feature Google Assistant based on information from a fact sheet intended for retail employees.

With the Google Assistant on Android and iOS already featuring the groundwork for Assistant-enabled headphones, an announcement seems likely at Google's October 4th event.