Support for 'Hey, Google' hotword rolls out to Android phones

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Google is now rolling out the ability to activate Google Assistant by saying "Hey, Google" instead of the more cumbersome "Okay, Google". As well as "OK, Google" it is also possible to say "Hey, Google" - meaning you can start getting help in two thirds of the time!

Apparently so, according to bits of code found in the new Google app by the ever-diligent Android Police. It was first available for Google Home devices only but now the company has enabled it for smartphones as well. The latter wake command has never worked on the mobile version of Google, until now that is.

So now you can say either "OK Google" or "Hey Google" to awake your assistant and continue working as you used to.

As interesting as the new sections of code are, they're not yet conclusive proof that a Google-Home-with-video-and-pictures is indeed on the way. A few days ago, an APK teardown of the Pixel 2's Google App by XDA Developers revealed references to "Hey, Google", and some users are now reporting that the new keyword has been activated on their phone.

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