"Hey Google" will soon activate Google Assistant on Android handsets

Google is sending out notifications to Android phone users that they can use Hey Google as a hotword to open Google Assistant

Google is sending out notifications to Android phone users that they can use Hey Google as a hotword to open Google Assistant

Owners of the Google Home smart speaker use a simple phrase to call on Google Assistant to handle tasks. The virtual personal assistant can control smart appliances inside the house, confirm an airline flight, get sports scores, news or the weather, all by saying a simple "Hey Google." That is different that the "Ok Google" phrase used by Android smartphone owners to activate Google Assistant.

Soon, though, the "Hey Google" command will call up the virtual assistant on handsets. Google is in the midst of sending out a notification to Android users telling them that Google Assistant can be trained to respond to both "Hey Google" and "Ok Google." It is a matter of syllables. The latter has 4 and the former has 3. That makes it easier and quicker to say "Hey Google." And while we are talking about mere fractions of a second, it should be interesting to see how many Android users decide to train Google Assistant on their phone to open with the "Hey Google" phrase.

So keep on the lookout for the notification telling you that the "Hey Google" hotword is now available on your phone. You can try to manually get the notification by opening the Google Play Store, and clicking on the hamburger menu. Click on My apps & games, and scroll down to the Google app. Look to see if there is a prompt for an update. If so, click on it and you should soon get the notification that "Hey Google" is ready to be used as a vocal command to open Google Assistant on your handset.

source: Droid-Life

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18 Comments

1. notfair

Posts: 687; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

I sure hope that I can disable these features that I will never use and never need. They're just shoving up our throats stuff that we don't demand but takes away stuff we love.. 3.5mm jack.

2. worldpeace

Posts: 3092; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

You can disable anything you don't like on android

9. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

Except for all the awesome tracking features.

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Go into improved accuracy

15. vincelongman

Posts: 5611; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

That's a con of all modern OSes Except with Android you could build your own barebones AOSP custom ROM without any of Google, Apple or Microsoft tracking you

17. IosDroid

Posts: 117; Member since: Dec 03, 2015

At least on Google you can delete that tracked information afterwards.

4. Alter

Posts: 218; Member since: Mar 25, 2016

Yes you can disable it. I think more of these assistants should allow you to customize the way you activate them instead of having just one phrase like "ok Google". Some let you choose what words will prompt the assistant which to me should be ubiquitous.

5. notfair

Posts: 687; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

thank you both.

12. izim1

Posts: 1591; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

To you and everyone else except google. Apple, amazon, Microsoft, Samsung, they all gave their AI a generic name. Google just gets off on hearing you say their name to activate their assistant. They dont want you to forget who's bitch you are.

3. surethom

Posts: 1587; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

No I use hey Google to stop my phone & tablet going off.

6. sechinov

Posts: 32; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

Who needs it? Few people use it.

7. cmdacos

Posts: 3818; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Many use it regularly.

8. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1297; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

I'd love to try "Computer" like in Star Trek and see how that works out.

10. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

I don't need nor want the google assistant on my Note 8, google voice search was more than enough on my OnePlus One. Gonna find a way to get rid of it.

11. Cat97

Posts: 1726; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Is "F*** you Google" available ? I would use it a lot this way.

14. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Disabling the Google Assistant is another way of saying that... no?

16. Kevro_86

Posts: 65; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I have always thought it was kind of stupid to have to say "OK Google" to call up Google Assistant. Who else do you call by saying "OK" followed by their name? "Hey Google" is much more natural, and yes, it is less syllables, so it just makes more sense.

18. fastfreddy123

Posts: 66; Member since: Mar 25, 2017

Privacy is a thing of the past.If your worried about the world finding out you are crooked dont be. I doubt they would notice since it is crazy stupid and warped as it can be already. The minority groups dont want equality they want PREFERENTIAL treatment.

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