Using the Google Assistant to control your home could become a lot simpler soon, according to leaks, which claim that custom quick phrases are coming to the Google Nest Hub Max.
Most of the time, if you want Google Assistant to do something, you must first say your wake word (“Hey Google”) before issuing your command.
Quick phrases eliminate the wake word, and once activated, you can instruct Google to “Turn on the kitchen lights” or ask “What’s the weather forecast” without having to utter Hey Google over and over again.
The feature is currently available on the Google Pixel 6 and Google Nest Hub Max, and the feature on the latter may get an update soon.
What phrases can you use?
as seen by 9to5Google Several new quick phrases are coming to the premium smart home device according to its coding, including “What time is my alarm set for?”, “Skip this song” and “Create a reminder”. But most interestingly, other currently unused lines of code suggest custom quick phrases.
It’s not yet clear how the feature will work exactly, but Google has already coded a warning that “there are some rules to ensure that these [quick phrases] work well, and you will be guided if there is a problem.” This suggests that you won’t have complete freedom to create custom commands, but we’ll have to wait and see how restrictive these guidelines are.
For now, it just looks like custom quick phrases are heading to the Nest Hub Max, but with the regular feature already on the Pixel 6, we expect to see them on Google’s best phone too. And when it launches, we expect to see custom quick phrases also make their way to the Google Pixel 7 – due for release in October.