Google Puts Assistant in Bose Headphones

Google Puts Assistant in Bose Headphones
Bose headphone owners can change songs, make calls and get the news using Google's Assistant.

(CCM) — Google has teamed up with high-end headphone-maker Bose to put intelligent voice-activated Assistant capabilities into Bose's new QC35 II noise-canceling headphones, Google has announced.

To use Assistant with the headphones users connect them to an iOS or Android smartphone by Bluetooth, open the Google Assistant app, and follow the instructions. Once these steps have been completed, Assistant can be activated by pressing and holding the Action button on the headphones and then speaking.

Assistant's capabilities on the headphones include reading incoming messages and upcoming calendar events, and providing a news briefing: telling the Assistant to "play the news" results in headlines from a choice of sources including CNBC, CNN, and NPR. Perhaps more usefully, Assistant can be used to select a playlist, skip a track or go to a new song with voice commands, or to make a call by asking it to dial a specific contact's number. Calls can be carried out using the headphones' speakers and microphone.

The QC35 II headphones with Google Assistant will be available in the U.S., U.K., Australia, Canada, Germany, and France soon, priced at $349.95

Image: © Bose.