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Ruben Fields
October 24, 2020

Basically, with this, there will not be any need to repeat the wake words for each and every command to the Google voice assistant.

The new feature seems to be using the Nest Hub's built-in ultrasound sensing technology, which sends out ultrasonic pulses to sense nearby users and adapt its UI accordingly. A video detailing the feature has been shown on YouTube from Jan Borromeoosh, A Nest Home hacker with a proven track record of logging early smart display features before they're announced.

Google recently introduced dark mode and multiple account support for its Assistant-powered smart displays like Nest Hub.

The feature would essentially allow people to activate Google Assistant without having to say "Hey Google" or "OK Google". In his latest effort, he has created a video that shows what he describes as Google considering the possibility of eliminating the "Hey Google" hot words. Just say the command and it will respond.

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According to 9to5Google, Home & Away Routines on Google Home is now available for several users; however, the company is yet to officially announce the update's rollout. If it thinks you are far away, text is made larger, for example.

As Android Central reports, firmware for the Nest Hub Max that's only meant to be used internally at Google has leaked, and with it revealed an experiment to remove the need for activation phrases from Assistant. Once this is detected, it will start processing additional orders.

It's worth noting that it's unknown if Google actually plans to release this feature publicly, since it still appears to be in the testing phase. Therefore, no matter how convenient it is, privacy still does matter so let's hope Google will come up with something to address the mentioned issue.

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