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It’s Now possible to Tell the Google Assistant to Keep Answers Brief and not be So Chatty

Google Assistant brevity setting

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A new Google Assistant brevity setting, under Speech Output, allows Pixel 4 device owners to have more granular control over answer length…

Depending on what people ask the Google Assistant decides what type of response it gives. At least, generally speaking.

But when speaking specific commands, such as “Hey Google, turn on the living room TV,” it will reply with a lengthy “Ok, turning on the living room TV.” The question is, why such a long answer? Couldn’t instead just reply “Okay,” “Done,” or “Got it”?

It appears the engineers have realized longer isn’t always better. So, now there’s a new way to shorten those answers.

New Google Assistant Brevity Setting goes Live on Pixel 4 Phones

Thanks to a new Google Assistant brevity setting, it’s now possible to cut down those unnecessarily long responses.

The latest version of the Google Assistant, which ships with the Pixel 4, offers more control over responses, according to Android Police.

Pixel 4 owners can now enable the shorter responses right in the settings by doing the following:

  1. Activate the Google Assistant.
  2. Tap on the “Explore” icon (the tiny box with the three lines hovering over it).
  3. Tap on the user profile avatar in the upper right corner.
  4. Scroll over to the Assistant tab.
  5. Tap on “Phone” under “Assistant devices.”
  6. Tap on “Speech Output.”
  7. Select “Brief.”
Left: Assistant speech output on a Pixel 2 XL. Right: On the Pixel 4.
Credit: Android Police
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