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“OK Google” NOT needed now! These commands become more human

The Google Assistant does not need the “Hey Google” wake word for two basic features. Users can command normally on alarms and calls. 

By: AMRITANSHU MUKHERJEE
Updated on: Aug 21 2022, 21:03 IST
Google Assistant Quick Phrases feature has started to roll out to some users (Google)
Google Assistant Quick Phrases feature has started to roll out to some users (Google)

The Google Assistant is easily the smartest of its kind and with new features frequently added, it only becomes easier to adapt in our lives. However, it does not sound too smart when you have to use the “Hey Google” wake word for every function or reply. Google agreed as well and now, it is coming up with a way to make the process more human.

Based on a report from XDA Developers, it seems that Google is rolling out the Quick Phrases feature in phases. The feature was noted on a Pixel 3 XL device running on the Android 12 beta version with the latest Google app update.

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No more “Hey Google” needed

Before using this feature, one needs to enable this from the Google app. The Quick Phrases feature is listed on the Google search app. As of now, there are only two functions that can take advantage of this feature; calls and alarms.

Once enabled, you won’t have to use the “Hey Google” call word while dealing with these functions. For example, if the alarm rings, you can just say “Stop” or “Snooze” to silence it; no more adding “Hey/OK Google” in front of it. Similarly for calls, you can simply say “Answer” to receive a call and “Decline” to reject a call.

Google itself says that the feature may accidentally listen to you if you aren’t aware of an incoming call. Hence, you will need to keep an eye on your phone so as to not give it unintentional wrong commands. While the screen is on, the notifications prompt will be accompanied by the suggest command.

These, however, are not just the only commands to be added to Quick Phrases. Google had already announced that there will be a couple of new commands to be added to the feature. "Cancel the alarm", "Send a broadcast", "What's the weather?", "Turn up the volume", and "Pause the music".

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First Published Date: 07 Oct, 13:43 IST

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