Google Assistant keeps on getting better and a new update is in the process of rolling out. Being added is a feature Google demonstrated in May at Google I/O 2018 called ‘Continued Conversation‘. The purpose is to make conversation with your Google Assistant sound and feel more natural.
Continued Conversation is rolling out now in the US only (more coming!) and will make for more fluent conversations. Users will no longer need to keep repeating hot words like “Hey, Google” or “OK, Google,” which will save time and feel like you’re talking to a real person. Other AI assistants don’t yet have this feature, giving Google Assistant the sure edge when it comes to understanding longer conversations. We could see an increase in usage as a result.
Say the hot word one time and stick around; The Google Assistant will answer all your requests without forcing the hot word to be said after each command. When you’re done requesting, say “thank you” or “stop” and the assistant will return to standby mode. In protection of your privacy, the assistant will hibernate if it doesn’t hear back from you after eight seconds.
At first, the feature will be available on Android smartphones and through Google’s own set of speakers: Home, Home Mini, and Home Max. Other Google Assistant devices will gain the feature in time. The function is off by default, but you can easily turn it on in the Google Assistant settings or Google Home app settings by going to preferences and Continued Conversation. If you don’t see this setting, you don’t have the update yet. I have the feature running properly on the Google Home speakers in my home and it works really well. Though, it’s possible the roll out is server-side or in waves. Let us know in the comments if you have the feature as well as the device you’re using.
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