Once the Quick Phrases feature is enabled, users will not have to say “Hey Google” to dismiss the morning alarm or start a timer.
Google announced some new Android 12 features at the Google I/O 2021 event. The new Android version is currently under developer preview and is expected to roll out later this year. Ahead of the release, a new report has revealed some details around a new Google Assistant feature.
Android smartphone users might not need to use “Hey Google” to ask the Assistant to perform a task. According to an XDA Developers report, Google is working on a feature that will allow users to interact with the Assistant without saying the hot words. The feature called Quick Phrases is codenamed guacamole and was spotted during the teardown of the Google App v12.22.5. Once enabled, users will not have to say “Hey Google” to dismiss the morning alarm or start a timer.
The report also revealed some details about Dynamic Shortcuts. It will recommend shortcuts to users based on their app usage pattern. “The latest Google App update prepares support for this feature, with strings stating that dynamic shortcuts are “related to what you’re typing and can be based on interactions with apps on your device,” the report stated.
Dynamic shortcuts were introduced with Android Nougat as a way for developers to provide specific, context-sensitive actions within an app. Google is planning to make Android app shortcuts a bigger part of the Google Assistant experience, and the introduction of dynamic shortcuts in the UI is one part of this change.