Google app update hints at possible future hotword customization

Google app update hints at possible future hotword customization
Hey, Google, you may become even smarter! Or at least these are the impressions we're left with after seeing a "dissection" of the latest version of the Google app, in order to take a look at what possibly awaits users in the near future. The newest update is suggesting the potential implementation of some new features including customizable hotwords, the option to choose secondary language for Google Assistant, Google Duo availability on smart screens and more. Keep in mind the following information is subject to change.

Hotwords - you choose them


Upcoming might be the addition of custom hotwords. Currently Google Assistant recognizes only two phrases - 'Ok, Google' and 'Hey, Google', with the latter added in a recent update. These days may be gone, as soon you might have the option to add a custom word or a phrase to your liking by teaching the assistant to recognize it first. This is something users have desired for a long time, although it was possible by the help of third party apps and plug-ins. 

¡Hola, Google!


Another thing to mention is the upcoming option to add a secondary language in Google Assistant. This way you'll be able to talk to it in one of two languages (or why not both?) and still get results. Also, your foreign friends will be grateful. 

What the updated language menu will look like, as seen on the Google Home Mini. You'll be able to reach it by entering Assistant settings -> Preferences -> Language
What the updated language menu will look like, as seen on the Google Home Mini. You'll be able to reach it by entering Assistant settings -> Preferences -> Language
What the updated language menu will look like, as seen on the Google Home Mini. You'll be able to reach it by entering Assistant settings -> Preferences -> Language

What the updated language menu will look like, as seen on the Google Home Mini. You'll be able to reach it by entering Assistant settings -> Preferences -> Language


Podcasts improved


The built-in podcast feature is expected to receive a couple of updates as well. To be implemented could be an option to auto-delete podcasts that have been completed in the last 24 hours, have been sitting in your storage for the past 30 days or have been left unfinished. You could also be able to sync podcasts between multiple accounts. Oh, there is also the possibility to download podcasts so you can listen while offline. Juicy new additions for all podcast users!

More expected features are Google Duo's smart display support and the option to track the status of orders you made through Google Express.

source: 9to5google

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4 Comments

1. Cat97

Posts: 1798; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

The custom hotword is a step in the right direction. I don't want to spell a Google ad every time I use their assistant, and that's why I simply don't use it.

3. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

1. Spell or sell? 2. So because you have to say Google to use the assistant hands-free you don't use it?!

2. libra89

Posts: 2264; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Wow, I didn't know that there was a built-in podcast feature in the app.

4. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

Finally...

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