They also worked well as a headset for phone calls. If you don’t want to use Bluetooth, you can use an included 3.5mm headphone jack to plug right into your phone. There’s also an adapter that supports old airplane-style two-prong connectors.
Much like the Bose QC35 II’s, the XM3s have Google Assistant support built in. After enabling it in the app, Google Assistant can be summoned by pressing the NC/AMBIENT button on the left earcup.
It works well, allowing you to get simple information without pulling out your phone, like the weather or a sports score. Assistant works when paired to either an iPhone or Android, but it’s better on Android because it doesn’t allow you to send text messages or control hardware settings on iOS. Also, while Bose supports Amazon’s Alexa as an alternative, the XM3s only support Google Assistant.