Google Assistant’s upcoming “Quick Phrases” feature will let customers use the assistant without saying “Hey Google.” The update, dubbed “Guacamole,” first made the news in May and was rumored to allow users to answer calls and manage alarms and timers without the wake word. In addition to calls, alarms, and timers, the Quick Phrases update will also include functionality for asking about the weather, setting reminders, skipping songs, controlling volume, turning the lights on/off, and more. This isn’t Google’s first foray into exploring a voice experience without “Hey Google” — last fall, the company tested proximity activation. These developments speak to how assistants might enable more frictionless assistance.
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