Google's Assistant now listens for an alternative wake phrase to "OK Google."
(CCM) — Google's Assistant now responds to "Hey Google" as well as "OK Google" on Android smartphones, according to a TechTimes report.
This brings the Assistant on Android in line with the Assistant on Google Home connected speakers, which can already be summoned using the "Hey Google" wake phrase, and echoes Apple's "Hey Siri" wake phrase for the iPhone's intelligent assistant. Amazon's Echo devices can be configured to listen for several wake words including "Alexa", "Echo", and "computer."
Users can configure their Android devices to respond to one of the two wake phrases, opening the door to the possibility of using one wake phrase to activate the Assistant on a Google Home device and the other to wake the Assistant on an Android device. This would prevent both devices from responding at the same time.
Google has recently expanded the reach of its Assistant, bringing it to older versions of Android including Android 5.0 Lollipop on smartphones, and Android 6.0 Marshmallow and Android 7.0 Nougat on tablets.
The new wake phrase "Hey Google" is being rolled out gradually to Android devices via an over-the-air update, according to the report.
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