tech2 News StaffSep 22, 2017 09:25:19 IST
After much speculation, Google Assistant is finally coming to headphones, and in the Bose QC35 II no less. The Bose QuietComfort 35 II also known as the QC 35 II has arrived in the market with a built-in optimisations for Google Assistant.
The launch of the headphones didn't come as a surprise, however, as the packaging for a pair of these headphones was spotted and indicated support for Google Assistant.
It boasts of a noise cancellation feature which can be adjusted up to three levels to reduce noise.
To enable Google Assistant, Bose has provided a dedicated 'Action' button on the right side of the headphone. The assistant can be used to make calls, receive texts, as well as set reminders.
According to The Verge, the use of Google Assistant on the headphones is for tasks like notifications or receiving messages. For tasks like network connectivity, one has to go back to their Android phones or iPhones if the user is using Google Assistant. To be clear, Google Assistant needs internet connectivity for most tasks and for the QC35 II doesn't have cellular connectivity. If you read the fine print, you'll also note that the headphones are marked as "optimised for Google Assistant", which is not the same thing as a built-in assistant. As The Verge notes in its report, the QC35 II does things like optimising the voice data before transmitting the data to the phone for further processing. The "optimisations" also mean that Google Assistant can read out your messages and calendar entries to you as they arrive, for example.
This is a little different from simply pressing a button to access Assistant or Siri. And speaking of Siri, the dedicated Assistant button can be repurposed to raise Siri for you, if you're using an iPhone. The same button can also be used to adjust noise cancellation levels, if required.
The headphone can run upto 20 hours on a single charge when used wirelessly. A quick charge of 15 minutes can give this up to 2.5 hours of charge. The active noise-cancellation (ANC) and Active EQ features require power to fucntion and while you can use the headphones indefinitely in wired mode, ANC and AEQ features will die out after 40 hours of use.
It is priced at $349.95 in the US. Indian pricing and availability for the product hasn't yet been announced. According to the US website, there seems to be two colour variants. These are silver and black.
The headphones are 7.1" H x 6.7" W x 3.2" D (309 g). It has a range of nine metres from the source device in order to listen.
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