FYI, Google Assistant already has multiple triggers on Android phones. Triggers mean the words that you can say to activate or summon the Google Assistant on your Android phone.
You can trigger Google Assistant by saying “OK Google” or “Hey Google.” Apart from this, you can also wake up Google Assistant by long-pressing the home button or performing a swipe-up gesture if you are using full-screen gestures.
There is a Pixel exclusive feature that lets you trigger Google Assistant by squeezing the sides of the phone. On some Nokia and LG phones, there is a dedicated button.
Now, in the APK teardown post of the latest Google app version 126.96.36.199, some new strings have been spotted, which gives us a hint that Google has started working on adding one more trigger.
Looking at the strings, you may soon trigger Assistant by long-pressing the power button. Interestingly, this is not a new thing for some Chinese OEM smartphones.
Some Android custom skins of Chinese OEMs offer Assistant trigger via the power button
As noted by XDA, there is several Chinese OEM smartphone’s Android custom skin that allows you to trigger Google Assistant via the power button.
However, it is nice to see Google finally bringing this feature directly into the Google app. But do note that the features or functionalities discovered in an APK teardown are not guaranteed to make their way to the final version of the app.
It all depends on Google whether they want to bring this feature to their app or not. Here are the strings that XDA found during APK teardown, for your reference:
<string name="assistant_android_settings_long_press_power_summary">To talk to your Assistant, touch and hold power button, then release</string> <string name="assistant_android_settings_long_press_power_title">Long press power for the Assistant</string>
Once Google pushes this new function of triggering Google Assistant with the Google app update, you will be able to turn this feature ON by heading over to the Assistant settings on your phone.
With the latest Android 12 operating system, the new option will appear within the Apps section in your phone’s Settings menu. For devices running Android 11 or lower, this new functionality will be available under the Apps & Notification section of the Settings app.
Folks at XDA, although found the feature on Pixel 3 running Android 12 DP3, they weren’t able to enable it. Notably, the Assistant Settings page kept crashing.
Apart from this new Assistant trigger function, some new strings have been spotted that will make it easier for you to make payments while your phone is connected to Android Auto.