Meet SoundSport Free, Bose's $250 AirPods killer

Meet SoundSport Free, Bose's $250 AirPods killer

The Bose QuietComfort 35 II noise cancelling headphones feature a new Action button on the left earcup used to trigger the Google Assistant (simply press and hold the button to activate it). Both pairs come with Bose's noise cancellation, "audio performance" and up-to 20 hours of battery life. In other words, you've got everything from the original QuietComfort 35s, plus access to Google Assistant.

Now, people can use their voices to tell Google Assistant to play music-including a specific song-through the new Bose headphones.

This is an "exclusive experience" and first integration of the Assistant into headphones, so you should expect other headphones makers to join the party before long.

The new QuietComfort 35 wireless headphones II will be available from various retail chains like Best Buy and can now be purchased directly from the Bose website. The headphones can also read out text messages, calendar alerts and reminders.

But since it's not October 4 yet, the "first headphone to offer seamless voice access to your Google Assistant" actually comes from Bose, a high-end audio authority founded over half a century ago, and based in Framingham, Massachusetts. Now, the firm is updating them, introducing a second generation which will bring in the power of Google Assistant. And it can answer questions and find information - so you can check a score, the latest headlines, whether your flight's on time, what movie's playing downtown - and more.




Do you think these will make the flawless AirPods competitor?

Bose's SoundSport Free don't come with Apple's W1 chip, which makes it easier and faster for AirPods and Beats headphones pair up with iOS devices.

The Google Assitant-powered QC35 II headphones are otherwise nearly identical to the regular QC35 IIs.

Bose Corporation was founded in 1964 by Dr. Amar G. Bose, then a professor of electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The company's spirit of invention, passion for excellence, and commitment to extraordinary experiences can be found around the world - everywhere Bose does business.

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