Google May Soon Let You Use Assistant Without the Annoying “OK Google” Hotword

Posted on January 30, 2018 by Mehedi Hassan in Google with 29 Comments

Google is trying to bring its Assistant smart assistant to almost all of your smart gadgets. The company recently introduced a wide range of updates to Assistant hardware and software as it continues to track down Amazon Alexa. And now, the company could be introducing a huge change to Assistant, starting with phones.

According to 9to5Google, recent versions of the Google app on Android includes a new, hidden code that lets users add their custom hotword for waking up their device. Right now, you can use either the “Hey Google” or “Ok Google” hotword to activate the assistant, with the latter being incredibly annoying to use as you continue to use Assistant more frequently. So instead of having to use these hotwords, you will soon be able to setup your own, custom hotword for waking up Assistant.

You’ll need to train Assistant to be able to recognize your custom hotword, and chances are the accuracy of the hotword recognization won’t be as good as the default Hey Google and Ok Google hotwords. But still, it is something.

For now, though, it seems like Google will be bringing the feature first to phones, but it will most likely come to all devices running Assistant, especially the company’s Home smart speakers.

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