Bose QuietComfort 35 II with built-in Google Assistant spotted, launch imminent

By Karthekayan Iyer | Published on Sep 18 2017
Bose QuietComfort 35 II with built-in Google Assistant spotted, launch imminent
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Bose QuietComfort 35 II will be the first to feature built-in support for Google Assistant. The wireless noise cancelling headphone is expected to launch in the coming weeks.

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Bose has been rumoured to be working on an upgraded version of its QuietComfort 35 wireless noise cancelling headphones for some time now. A reference to this updated model had been spotted on the company's own newsletter and it has now appeared on the shelves of Best Buy.

Android Police reports that a person has found a pair of Bose QuietComfort 35 II at a local Best Buy store. Further 9to5Google adds that it is one of the first headphones to feature built-in support for the Google Assistant. The leak coincides with reports stating that a pair of headphones codenamed Bisto are in development and will be the first to feature Google Assistant.

It is not clear whether the second iteration of the QC 35 brings any enhancement other than built-in support for the Assistant. The upgraded model features a new button called Action button on the left earcup that will allow users to summon the Google Assistant. Once activated, Assistant can answer general questions, send or read back text messages or control audio output. Earlier reports said that the upgraded model will allow users to temporarily disable noise cancellation or enable ambient sound to gain better understanding of what's happening around the user.

The same feature can be one of the highly recommended noise cancelling headphones in the market. The retail packaging highlights that the Action button will launch Google Assistant on iOS as well, but Bose might allow iOS users to remap the button to launch Siri instead.

The Bose QuietComfort II is not expected to differ much from the existing model and 'built-in' Google Assistant will be the headline feature. However, the updated QC35 II may offer improved battery life and we will have to wait few more days before Bose makes it official.

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Karthekayan Iyer

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