Google Assistant’s ‘Hey Google’ hotword now more widely available

Users have been able to search Google via voice using the ‘OK Google’ voice command since 2013. In 2016, Google released Google Assistant, although it was initially an exclusive for Pixel devices. While Google Assistant on smartphones continued using the same voice command as always, the company offered another command to wake the Google Home device. The “Hey Google” voice command could be used to wake Assistant on Google’s lineup of smart speakers, but it took quite a while for Google to bring the new command to phones.

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Notably, setup now includes “Hey Google” as one of the two phrases that users are asked to repeat. Users alternate between “Ok Google” and “Hey Google” twice. Once finished, phones now respond to the latter command.

If it arrives on your device, you should see a notification from the Google app. Users who have not received the notification should still head into Assistant settings to retrain their voice model. On version 7.17 of the Google app, “Hey Google” training is already available even for those who haven’t received the alert.

The addition of “Hey Google” brings the total number of voice wake-up commands on Google Assistant up to two, good for those who find it easier to say than “OK Google.”

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Assistant has been increasingly getting more versatile over time with new features. Additions like the new voice command will increase convenience for those who rely on it to answer questions, perform hands-free tasks, or listen to music.

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