You Can Now Say ‘Hey Google’ To Wake Up Google Assistant On Your Phone


Virtual Assistants like Google Assistant, Siri, Cortana, and others have no doubt made our lives easier. The best part is that we can summon them whenever we want and get them to work by simply saying out the task. Of course, we all are waiting for the day to come when we won't need specific wake phrases to make them work. For example, the Google Assistant lights up when you say the trigger phrase - “OK, Google”, which sometimes goes unnoticed by the assistant especially when you are not a native English speaker.

Thankfully, Google understands that OK, Google does not work for everyone, every time. That's why the tech giant has rolled out the functionality to the Google Assistant on phones that makes it accept the phrase "Hey Google." Now, let us tell you that Hey Google has existed since "Google Now" days. It's just that Google bestowed its availability for phones today. In fact, Google Home had this functionality since its release we believe.

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As happy as we are that Google finally made it available for all the phones with Assistant, some users are apparently not happy. The reason behind their unhappiness is that the addition of "Hey Google" has triggered their Assistant to get retrained for the new phrase in addition to OK Google. And that can be quite some work as training the Assistant means saying out the phrase three times and waiting for the Assistant to recognise it and store it.

Not an ideal setup for users with Google Home

For some users who have Google Home, they have separated their Assistants on phone and speaker with the help of using different wake phrases for each. For example, they may be using "OK, Google" for the phone and "Hey, Google" for the speaker. With the addition of Hey Google on phones, the wake phrase may light up the Assistant on both the devices. Imagine, two Assistant answering your queries at the same time. That won't be an ideal setting for controlling devices.

However, when we think of it, maybe that's what Google is trying to achieve here, i.e. creating a universal ecosystem for the Assistant. That being said, it is sure to create some hurdles for the ones with Home devices.

It is currently being rolled out to all the phones with Assistant so you may soon see it popping up in the notification panel.