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Android Users No Longer Have to Say “Hey Google” to Access Assistant

The fact that you could access Google Assistant by simply saying “Hey Google” was an aspect of this digital personal assistant that was quite charming initially. With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that it got pretty annoying after a little while since you would have to say it every single time you wanted to end up using Assistant and that can actually reduce efficiency and productivity rather than boosting it in any significant manner.

Google is now simplifying matters by incorporating quick phrases into the mix because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up making things more efficient with all things having been considered and taken into account. For example, if you are woken by an alarm, you can simply say “Snooze” to turn it off instead of having to use the passphrase which would have been a little too difficult to remember when you are still groggy from having just woken up.

Another thing that will change is that you can use single words such as “answer” to answer a call when you are getting it. All in all, this will make things easier for Android users and it will prevent Google Assistant from being as clunky as it is right now. One thing to note is that there won’t be any voice matching for the phrases. What that means is that your phone will detect the phrase no matter who says it, and that is something that you might want to keep in mind before you toggle quick phrases on. Still, this is a step in the right direction and it might finally bring Google Assistant on par with Siri and other similar kinds of software that tech companies are putting out there.

H/T: 9to5Google

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