The first look at these Bose QuietComfort 35 II headphones occurred at a Best Buy, where employees confirmed that they’d go on sale just a few days after. But we’ve not heard much since then. That all changed this week, as we can confirm that Bose has now placed its Google Assistant-powered Bose QuietComfort II headphones on the market for sale.The Bose QuietComfort 35 II headphones will likely be remembered for their Google Assistant integration. They come with an action button to trigger Google’s AI and soft-cushion ear cups to make the listening experience comfortable. The headband is made of Alcantara leather (used to build high-end automobiles) for all-day wear, and the headphones are impact-resistant and corrosion-resistant for added durability. Active noise cancellation is designed to let the music shine through. There’s a multi-function button for those who don’t use Google Assistant but want to use Siri on iPhone, for example. In other words, Google Assistant isn’t the only accessible AI with the QuietComfort 35 II.
The headphones are a slight improvement over their first-generation “sibling,” featuring active noise cancellation as opposed to acoustic noise cancellation. The dimensions of the Bose headphones has remain unchanged from the first-generation. Battery capacity and quick charging are also the same as the first pair. It’s likely that the build quality has been slightly improved, and the new Google Assistant integration is what distinguishes these apart.The Bose QuietComfort 35 II headphones will give you up to 20 hours of battery life and have been designed to provide up to 2.5 hours of juice with just a 15 minute charge via USB. If you’re looking to pick these up, expect to pay $349. They come in choice of Black or Silver colors.
Google Assistant has become the search engine giant’s AI trend push, with the Android owner first featuring Google Assistant on the first-generation Pixel and Pixel XL, followed by non-Google, Android-powered smartphones and now smart home speakers such as the company’s very own Google Home, among others. Google Assistant is also available on Android Wear-powered smartwatches such as Google’s LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style. Google is rumored to have its own Google Assistant-powered headphones in the works, so we have a feeling that the Bose QuietComfort 35 II headphones are just the beginning of the AI push into wearable electronics. Don’t expect the AI to arrive on tablets just yet, though.
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