It is true that personal assistants (Alexa, Siri, Assistant …) have facilitated many daily actions but always having to activate them with a command is not the most comfortable. And that’s what Google wants to solve, which is working on new commands to avoid having to always say “Ok Google” or “Hey Google” to activate the assistant.

First and foremost, it’s about having to use both controls for Google Assistant to perform simple actions like setting an alarm or turning off or on a device we’ve connected at home. The new feature Google is working on has been filtered as “quick phrases”.

A more natural conversation

It was Google’s last beta that enabled this new function to be activated. From 9 to 5Google, where they discovered this new feature, they managed to know and activate “quick phrases” which will prevent us from having to use “OK Google” or “Hey Google” to perform certain actions.

The new functionality consists of a series of quick actions called “sauces” in English. Each action will activate the Google Assistant without having to say the famous activation command.

For ease of use, “Sauces” is divided into the following sections: Recommended, Alarms, Connection, General Information, Lights, Multimedia Controls, Timers and Tasks. And these are all the actions in which it will not be necessary to use “OK Google” or “Hey Google”:

Set alarms: “Set an alarm for 7 am.” Cancel alarms: “Cancel alarm” View alarms: “At what time is my alarm set? »Send broadcasts:” Send a broadcast “Answer calls:” Answer “and” Reject “Ask for the time:” What time is it? Ask about the weather: “What’s the weather like?” “Turn lights on and off:” Turn on lights “Turn lights on and off:” Increase brightness “Volume control:” Increase volume “Pause and resume music:” Pause music “Skip tracks : “Skip this song” Set timers: “Set timer for 2 minutes” Cancel timers: “Cancel timer” Pause and resume timers: “Pause timer” Reset timers: “Reset timer” Show timers timers: “How much time is left?” Reminders: “Create a reminder” Family notes: “Create a family note”

These are very simple actions, many of which are daily, in which eliminating the need to use a command to activate them greatly facilitates interaction with the assistant and creates a more natural conversation.

Of course, to take advantage of this function, we must have activated Voice Match “, the Google system that recognizes our voice in order to link it to a smart speaker, a screen or an alarm clock, to use the voice commands and thus obtain personalized results.

“Quick Phrases” is still in development and at the moment they only support English. It’s not yet clear when they’ll hit the Google Assistant-enabled speakers and displays.

Via | 9to5Google