Specific commands will work without saying ‘Hey Google.’
Google is reportedly working to make Google Assistant work without the hotword “Hey Google.” Soon, we may see the commands which will work without saying Hey Google in the future update.
Google Assistant has been proved very useful for many of us over the years. Now, Google is working to make the Google Assistant experience of ours more seamless and handy.
Such news is coming for the past few months and now 9to5Google has decompiled the latest version of the Google Assistant app Google uploaded on the Play Store. The feature’s name is “Quick phrases” and it allows performing specific tasks without saying “Hey Google.”
“When we decompile these files (called APKs, in the case of Android apps), we’re able to see various lines of code within that hint at possible future features. Keep in mind that Google may or may not ever ship these features, and our interpretation of what they are may be imperfect. We’ll try to enable those that are closer to being finished, however, to show you how they’ll look in case that they do ship. With that in mind, read on.”
Thanks to 9to5Google, folks enabled the Quick phrases feature somehow and its in-app description reads: “Skip saying ‘Hey Google’ for help with specific tasks.” But in this torn-up version of Google Assistant, codenames are still in use. Google calls “Specific tasks” “Salsas” and these specific tasks are the ones that worked without saying Hey Google. “Users will have to select which ones they want enabled,” says 9to5Google, “and Google notes how they ‘will work just for you’ through Voice Match user recognition. “
Your added specific task will appear in the “Salsas” section. In screenshots, some phrases and actions are mentioned which will work with the Quick phrases feature. Some variation in the mentioned phrases also works, said 9to5Google.
Phrases and actions specified in Google Assistant app are:
- Set alarms: “Set an alarm for 7 a.m.”
- Cancel alarms: “Cancel the alarm”
- Show alarms: “What time is my alarm set for?”
- Send broadcasts: “Send a broadcast”
- Respond to calls: “Answer” & “Decline”
- Ask about time: “What time is it?”
- Ask about weather: “What’s the weather?”
- Turn lights on & off: “Turn the lights on”
- Turn lights up & down: “Increase the brightness”
- Control volume: “Turn up the volume”
- Pause & resume music: “Pause the music”
- Skip tracks: “Skip this song”
- Set timers: “Set a timer for 2 minutes”
- Cancel timers: “Cancel the timer”
- Pause & resume timers: “Pause the timer”
- Reset timers: “Reset the timer”
- Show timers: “How much time is left?”
- Reminders: “Create a reminder”
- Family notes: “Create a family note”
9to5Google further said that most probably “Smart Displays and speakers will also be able to go hotword-free.” It’s unclear precisely which device will support the “Quick phrases” feature.