Mysterious ‘Guacamole’ setting permits customers to cease alarms with out saying ‘Hey Google’

An odd new ‘Guacamole’ function began showing within the Google app for some customers over the weekend. It adjustments up how the Google Assistant hotword works.

Sadly, it gained’t change the ‘Hey Google’ hotword with ‘Guacamole,’ which might have been enjoyable. Instead, the mysterious Guacamole function seems to permit customers to concern sure Assistant instructions with out saying ‘Hey Google’ in any respect.

9to5Google, which has been monitoring the function’s improvement since March, studies that Guacamole permits customers to cease alarms or timers by saying “stop.” Additionally, customers can say “answer call” or “decline call” when their Pixel rings. These instructions don’t require the ‘Hey Google’ hotword.

If that performance sounds acquainted, that’s as a result of Google’s sensible audio system and shows have supplied that functionality for time. At least, the audio system have supported that in English — it’s not clear if Guacamole can be equally restricted.

Google Guacamole settings

Google’s Guacamole settings (through 9to5Google)

Regardless, Guacamole seems to be accessible in a restricted scope, and never everybody who does have it could possibly make it work. 9to5 studies that Guacamole solely seems within the Google app beta model 12.5 on Android 11, not on the brand new Android 12 Developer Preview.

Guacamole’s look within the Google app’s settings menu seems to be a mistake. The function was clearly nonetheless in improvement (The Verge notes {that a} hyperlink included within the Guacamole menu is an inner Google hyperlink possible utilized by testers) and doesn’t work for everybody who has entry to it.

Google most likely had plans to announce Guacamole, together with different new Assistant options, at its I/O convention in May.

Source: 9to5Google, The Verge

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