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Google Assistant ‘Quick Phrases’ Feature Spotted on Android 12 Beta, Lets You Skip the ‘Hey Google’ Trigger

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Some Google Pixel users are now getting a new Google Assistant feature called ‘Quick Phrases’. The feature enables users to command their phones to take quick actions using voice commands without triggering ‘Hey Google’. This quick phrase feature needs to be enabled in the settings and once enabled it can be used to stop alarms, answer calls and some other actions. Quick phrases can also be used to trigger actions such as reminders, reset timers, control volume, and skip tracks.

XDA Developers spotted quick phrases on a Pixel 3 XL running the latest Android 12 beta and Google Apps version 12.39.17.29. The report states that the quick phrase puts Google Assistant on standby whenever you get an incoming phone call or the alarm/timer goes off on your phone. With Quick Phrases, the user can simply say ‘Answer’ or ‘Reject’ to pick up or decline a phone call without saying the trigger word ‘Hey Google’. Similarly, users can say ‘Stop’ or ‘Snooze’ to silence the alarm or timer without needing to precede a voice command with ‘Hey Google’.

Quick phrases only work in certain scenarios, such as creating family notes, controlling the volume, and adding reminders. As mentioned, this needs to be enabled in the Google Assistant settings and users can choose in which scenarios, Quick Phrases can be used. Google also warns that calls may unintentionally connect if you or someone else says “answer” when you’re not ready to take the phone call, the report says. There’s also a chance that when Assistant hears something that sounds like “answered,” it will accidentally connect the call.

Furthermore, the report states that the Quick Phrases feature was only seen on the Pixel 3 XL and not on any other device. This could be a feature coming with Android 12, but Google is yet to make any announcement about it.

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Tasneem Akolawala is a senior reporter for Gadgets 360. His reporting expertise includes smartphones, wearables, apps, social media, and the tech industry as a whole. She reports out of Mumbai, and also writes about the ups and downs in the Indian telecom sector. Tasneema can be reached on Twitter at @MuteRiot, and leads, tips and releases can be sent to tasneema@ndtv.com. more

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