Google is said to be working diligently on a new way to trigger Assistant without having to speak certain hot words but with gestures…
A leaker named Jan Boromeusz has posted a video showing Google is experimenting with a new way to active Assistant without needing to speak hot words. Instead of using the familiar “Hey Google” or “Okay Google” wake phrases, the device in the video unlocks by detecting user proximity. Boromeusz demonstrates activating Assistant by moving closer to the device.
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As usual, the Assistant UI disappears whenever Boromeusz stops talking or stays in-place. But, come right to life when detecting movement. While this would be a clever way to activate the assistant, how it would determine who and who isn’t in the room is not yet known. Still, it could be useful in various situations. For example, not having to speak the hot words won’t activate other devices running Assistant.
At this juncture, it’s unknown if Google has real plans to bring the feature to the public, which is currently code-named Blue Steel. However, the mere fact that Big G is experimenting with the option is a telltale sign that the company is interested in developing such technology for some type of public use.