Google Debuts Continued Conversation

Google Debuts Continued Conversation
A new Google Home feature may spell the beginning of the end for wake words such as 'Hey Google'.

(CCM) — Google has made interactions with its Home intelligent speaker much more natural with the introduction of a new feature called "Continued Conversations." The new feature allows users to talk to their Google Homes without the need to preface everything they say with the wake words "Hey Google" or "OK Google," according to a Tech Times report.

These wake words now only need to be used when a user first initiates a session with Google Home. After that they can add a follow-up, ask a question, or add an item to a shopping list more naturally, without having to use the wake words first.

"Continued Conversations" works because the Google Home is now kept in an active listening mode for eight seconds after an initial interaction, and will react to anything that is said to it by the original speaker during that period. Other voices will be ignored during this period, unless they preface their speech with wake words.

The new feature can be enabled in the Google Assistant app's Settings menu, and will roll out to Google Home users in the U.S. over the next few weeks.

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