Thu. May 19th, 2022

For a while, we didn’t have to say “Hey Google” until we stopped or sounded the alarm. The requirement to use the Google Assistant trigger before apparently answering calls is also set to disappear with the rollout of quick phrases.

XDA Developers has outlined the range of phrases that are expected to be supported, as well as the fact that the trigger was dropped for actions such as answering calls. The feature has arrived on some devices running the latest Android 12 Beta, so it’s clear that it’s still being tested.

At this stage, once activated in the assistant settings, the noted quick sentences are focused on the activities of daily living. Many are already working on existing devices with the “Hey Google” trigger. As with everything else, removing the trigger phrase can create some issues when others are nearby like someone yelling at you to “answer your phone”. Finally, you can choose whether or not to enable the feature.

What actions would you like to take on Google Assistant without the trigger?

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