Google Assistant's ‘Guacamole’ feature will not require you to say ‘Hey Google’
Google has been working on a new feature called ‘Guacamole’ for Google Assistant. This feature will let users perform Google Assistant actions quickly without having to use the “Hey Google” wake word. The new feature was discovered in the latest Google app beta version of Android 11 by Android Police.
The feature went live in the settings page of Google Assistant. You can check if your Android 11 has the feature through the beta version 188.8.131.52 of the Google app. It is visible in the Google Assistant settings menu under “Guacamole”. Google describes Guacamole as “Quickly get things done with Guacamole”. Once you tap on it you will have to turn on voice shortcuts that will not require you to say “Hey Google” to launch Assistant features.
Once this is enabled, you will be able to ask Google Assistant to perform certain tasks without saying Hey Google. These quick tasks include turning off alarms, timers and calls. So you can simply say “Stop”, “Snooze” or “Answer/decline the call” and the Assistant will perform the actions. The Google Nest Hub also has a similar feature wherein you can say “stop” to turn off ringing alarms.
9to5Google reports that this feature is being currently tested among Google employees only. There’s no word on when it will go live for all users but it will most likely see a reveal at the upcoming Google I/O event in May. If Google is planning to go ahead with the name Guacamole for this feature is something we cannot confirm.