Published on : Jun 22, 2018
Technology giant Google on Thursday rolled out ‘Continued Conversation’, a virtual assistant feature it had promised at its I/O Conference in May.
Apparently, many people have been complaining that they have to add “Hey Google” before each follow-up question for the Assistant, so Google made it so you'll only have to use that specific voice command the first time you start a conversation.
In its attempt to streamline the way people interact with its Assistant, Google announced it has released a new update that makes chatting with the personal digital assistant feel more natural than ever.
The approach works by leaving Assistant active for no more than eight seconds if it doesn't hear speech. It will stay active as long as it believes that you're talking, and will keep the LEDs lit on your Home speaker as long as it's listening for your voice.
Users can turn the feature on, on their Google Assistant enabled devices, by going to 'Settings'. Then, users must enter 'Preferences' and hit the toggle on the Continued Conversation option.
The feature, however, is only available in the United States for now.
Keep in mind that you still need to activate Google Assistant using a physical trigger or the “Ok Google” and “Hey Google” commands when you want to start using it. With the latest update, chatting with the Google Assistant got much easier, and we can't help but wonder why didn't Google think to add this earlier. Oh well, as the saying goes, better late than never.