Google has been working on a project to bring Assistant to headphones for quite some time, and we’ve learned a lot about it in the past few months. Last week Google officially unveiled this new integration, and it starts with the Bose QC35 II.
Assistant’s integration with headphones is built into the headphones themselves, but relies on a connection to your smartphone — either Android or iOS through the Assistant app.
The idea behind Assistant on headphones is to fill in those “in between” moments where you might not want to pull out their phone, but also aren’t in an area where an Assistant-smart speaker is available.
Once connected over Bluetooth and set up through Assistant, the Bose QC35 II can use Assistant in a few different ways, first and foremost through the new Action button. The Action button activates Assistant with a quick press and hold, similar to activating Bixby on a new Samsung phone. From there you’ll have the full Google Assistant at your service. That includes listening to music and podcasts, but it also includes news from curated audio sources such as the CNN.
This refresh to some of the best noise-canceling headphones on the market goes on sale for GHS 1550.00.