"Hey Google" hotword is rolling out to Google Assistant on phones

Google Assistant on phones is currently activated by the "Ok Google" phrase, but owners of the Google Home have been able to engage the Assistant by also saying "Hey Google," which apparently many people prefer for some reason or another. Well, we're glad to report that the new hotword is now seeing a wider rollout, after it was made accessible to a limited number of users back in October.

A growing number of users are receiving a prompt to setup voice recognition within Google Assistant again with the new command. All you need to do is repeat the phrase a couple of times as needed, and you're all set. Optionally, you can also ignore the prompt and keep on using the "Ok Google" hotword.

To manually check for the option, make sure that Google Assitant/Search are up to date and go to Settings > Google > Search > Voice > Voice Match to see if the "Hey Google" command has appeared.

That's cool and all, but we can't help but wonder, when is Google simply going to allow us to set our own custom hotwords?

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10 Comments

1. Zylam

Posts: 1813; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Finally the return of Hey Google. I hated it when they moved to "OK Google". It sounded so dumb, almost as if you were having some pretend conversion with an imaginary friend. Hey Google sounds a lot more like a natural start.

3. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

While it wasn't official, Hey Google has always worked for me.

4. Zylam

Posts: 1813; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Wow for real, that's pretty good! I wish it would have worked for me.

6. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Well it makes sense, the "k" in OK and Hey rhyme. It's similar to saying "k Google".

8. Zylam

Posts: 1813; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Oh yea, never though of it that way, I just had to get used to OK Google, never even considered it. Well hopefully they leave Hey Google for good now and eventually let us set our own hot word!

10. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

That's my hope as well, which is possible since Motorola used to let people set their own hot word on the first few Moto X phones (mine was Jarvis). But I doubt that'll happen, mainly because of brand recognition. Everytime someone says Hey Google, people it's free advertising for anyone else in the room. Of course, if they did allow other hot words, I'd imagine people would ask who makes the device and they'd still get their brand recognition, but that's only if the person asks them about it. If they don't, Hey Google will take care of it.

2. AdeelSoomro

Posts: 61; Member since: Oct 26, 2017

Reminds me Hey Siri

5. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

I wonder why they chose OK Google in the first place. If you're calling out someone it should be a "Hey" not ''OK''.

9. collin3000

Posts: 70; Member since: Apr 28, 2015

For speech recognition on launch phrases it's harder to recognize vowels over consonants. K it a very "hard" sound that's easier to identify. OK Google increased accuracy on older software

7. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Not to mention k,q,g is hardest letters in words to pronounce.

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