It will soon be possible to give the Google Assistant commands without having to say “Ok Google” or “Hey Google”. The feature without ‘Hey Google’ will only be available on Android devices and applies to actions such as setting an alarm or answering the phone.
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People testing the beta version of Google Assistant on Android made this discovery. These functions were listed in the settings menu. However, it ends there, because the functions cannot yet be used by the testers. Even the website referenced by the functions is not up and running yet. It seems to be a mistake on the part of Google to show it anyway.
The feature is called Guacamole and can be found in app version 188.8.131.52 available within Android 11. According to 9to5Google, these are the following quick tasks that you can do without a ‘Hey Google’ that way: turn off alarms, activate timers and answer or reject calls. In the English version, you can use ‘Stop’ or ‘Snooze’ against an alarm, to reject a call you say ‘decline’ or ‘answer’. Thanks to Guacamole you don’t have to go first Google Assistant to speak to her separately to make her alert.
Google I / O 2021
Do you want to try it out? That’s possible: the function has been around for about two years within Google Assistant on the physical device Google Home or Nest Hub. This new feature within Android phones is expected to be discussed by Google at its conference from May 18-20 (Google I / O 2021).
It is hoped for Fiat that Google does not fully roll out this function for all functions (although that would also be a bit inconvenient for users). That has just introduced a new car that listens to the name ‘Fiat 500 Family Hey Google’.