Google Assistant's 'Hey Google' Trigger Hits More Phones

The Google Assistant's "Hey Google" trigger phrase is now rolling out to more Android smartphones, with a significant number of users reporting they started receiving the new functionality over the weekend. While the Mountain View, California-based tech giant has been experimenting with the new trigger since before officially announcing it in late October, the feature has so far only been limited to a small number of people, mostly owners of the Pixel handsets and select Nexus models. The wider rollout seemingly started on Saturday and encompasses a broad range of smartphones, with some of the people who are reporting receiving access to the feature owning various devices like the Xiaomi Mi A1, Mi 5, Moto G5S Plus, OnePlus 5, Samsung Galaxy S7, and the Galaxy S7 Edge.

With users who claim to have received the functionality being located in various parts of the world, it appears that the Alphabet-owned company now started a truly global rollout that it promised in early fall. A number of people claim their phones prompted them to recalibrate their Google Assistant settings to account for the new trigger phrase after restarting them so if you know someone near you who is already able to use the functionality and you aren't, a reboot may be able to help you. The feature itself is understood to be rolling out as a server-side switch and is hence likely to take at least several more days until it's available on a worldwide level. Everyone who's already able to use the new trigger phrase first received a notification telling them about the recently added functionality but on the off chance you're able to do so without such a prompt, the setup itself is performed through the main system Settings app of your device, i.e. the "Voice" section of the "Search" menu found under "Google" settings.

Not all devices support the "Hey Google" trigger phrase when their screen is turned off but a comprehensive list of fully compatible handsets has yet to be created. Being one syllable shorter, the new phrase should prove to be a more convenient method of activating Google's digital helper with your voice than saying "OK Google." Following the update, users are able to set their AI companions to respond to either trigger or both of them.

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