It was recently discovered that Google was working on new “Bisto” headphones that feature the Google Assistant built-in. The AI bot was discovered to be activatable via a button on one of the ear cups, but the actual design and name of the cans were still unknown at the time. Now thanks to packaging leaked on Reddit and a report from 9to5Google, it looks like these headphones are a variation of Bose’s QuietComfort 35s.
Called the QC35 II, the headphones come with a button on one earcup to activate the Google Assistant. The packaging says the Assistant comes “built-in,” but that’s, of course, stretching things a bit since you’re still required to pair the headphones to your phone to use it. Still, Google’s voice assistant is still activatable from the headphones. It’ll be interesting to see how well they work with iPhones, however, since Siri is the default assistant and Google’s assistant requires an app download. Stay tuned.
According to 9to5Google, Bose partnered with Google to deliver these headphones with the Assistant branding. A proper unveiling of them would probably take place at the company’s October 4th event where they’re also expected to unveil new Pixel phones, a smaller Google Home, and even a new Chromebook. However, this is simply a guess at this point and nothing’s been reported in this regard.
Of course, besides the new Google Assistant integration, there’s likely nothing else different between the QC35s and QC35 IIs. Therefore, expect them to sell at a similar price to $349.99 whenever they go on sale. We’ll likely have more to say about these headphones in the near future.