Google Assistant-powered headphones are on the way, guys. We sort of knew that already, but it’s like, really, really happening. Bose is making some for sure and they will arrive as the Quiet Comfort 35 II, likely with a whopper of a price tag.
The report of these new headphones first came via 9to5Google who viewed documentation related to the new Quiet Comfort cans, but thanks to a reddit user, we have pictures of the damn things. Seriously, Bose, you suck at keeping secrets.
As you can see in the image above, there is a big ol’ logo at the top of the back of the box that says “Google Assistant built-in,” just like if something had Chromecast built-in. The description for the Quiet Comfort 35 II also says to expect “Premium sound, wire-free,” with “World-class noise cancellation” and “Google Assistant built-in.” So that’s two mentions of our friend the Google Assistant on board.
To launch the Assistant action, you’ll press and hold a special action button on one of the cups that’ll let you hear notifications or speak commands. I’d imagine that you’ll need a phone attached in order for this action to happen. We aren’t talking about stand-alone Bluetooth headphones with magically Google Assistant in the background. It could actually be pretty sweet, though, even if you’ll have to remember that you have noise cancelling headphones on as you shout out, “HEY, GOOGLE, WHAT’S THE WEATHER LIKE BACK AT HOME!” as you meander through the airport.
Any guesses on pricing? The current Quiet Comfort 35 headphones cost $350 – does Bose go even higher for the Assistant-powered version? Would you buy these?
UPDATE: And now a promo video!
// 9to5Google | reddit