Some Google Pixel users are now getting a new Google Assistant feature called ‘Quick Phrase’. This feature enables users to perform quick actions using voice commands without the prefix ‘A Google’. These quick phrases must be enabled in the feature settings and can be used to turn off alarms, respond to calls and perform certain other actions once enabled. Quick phrases can be used to trigger actions such as reminders, resetting timers, controlling the volume and avoiding tracks.
XDA developers found quick phrases in the latest Android 12 beta and Google App version 18.104.22.168 running Pixel 3 XL. The report says to keep Google Assistant ready whenever an incoming phone call or alarm / timer comes on your phone. With quick phrases, a user can say ‘answer’ or ‘reject’ to pick up or reject a phone call without saying the trigger words ‘hey Google’. Similarly, users can say ‘Stop’ or ‘Sleep’ to silence the alarm or timer without having to carry out a voice command with ‘Hey Google’.
Quick phrases only work on certain scenes, such as creating family notes, volume control, and adding reminders. As mentioned, it should be enabled in Google Assistant settings and users can choose which situations to use quick phrases for. The report states that Google warns that calls may be accidentally connected if you or someone else “answers” when you are not ready to take a phone call. There is also the possibility of incorrectly connecting the assistant call when asked for something like “answer”.
Also, the quick phrases feature was only found on the Pixel 3 XL, the report says. This may be the feature that comes with Android 12, but Google has not made any announcement about it.
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