+ Monday January 21st, 2019 Ausdroid » News and Editorial » You could soon be able to call Google Assistant with a custom phrase

Google Assitant has transformed the way many people find information, control their homes and get things done – but saying ‘Hey/Ok, Google’ can be awkward, so it should be no surprise that Google is working on letting you choose the wake word for Assistant.

In a tear down of the Google App v7.20 by 9to5Google, strings within the Google App show that work is being done to allow you to customise the hotword with training also being lined up to tell it what to recognise.

<string name=”opa_first_screen_tgoogle_summary”>”You’ll be able to access your Assistant directly by saying \”%1$s\””</string>

<string name=”opa_first_screen_tgoogle_title”>Teach your Assistant to recognize \”%1$s\”</string>

<string name=”hotword_enrollment_tgoogle_summary_usage_sample_title”>Your Assistant will now respond when you say things like:</string>

This means you could be using the ‘Computer….’ for your queries very soon.

As well as customised hotword detection, another section hints at improved support for multi-lingual users allowing them to assign a primary and secondary language in the Assistant. With more languages being supported by Google Assistant this makes it a much needed option for users.

While I like the idea of ‘Computer’ as my hotword (I watch too much Star Trek), there’s a lot of options for hot words – some of which Google may not allow for being offensive. But, looking ahead to when this goes live, what will you name your Assistant?

Source: 9to5Google.

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Philip Donkin
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G’Day Bruce

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I should set that up as KITT for Android Auto.

Robert W
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catching up with amazon from their latest super bowl ad

Philip Clark
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Biggest benefit to this (assuming you can disable ok google detection) is it will stop every ad and video on google home triggering the bloody google home!


You say computer and all that I can hear is Sigourney Weaver in Galaxy Quest. Is there something wrong with me? Would be great to use the name you registered it as.

Paul Drake
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Jarvis obviously!

Michael Wilson
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I wouldn’t be able to resist setting it to ‘HAL’ ala 2001.

Craig Mitchell
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I think I’ll set my hotword to Alphabet or Larry


Gee that’s been a long time coming hasn’t it , better late than never I guess .
I’m a bit of of a trekkie fan too ?.
I like the “computer “Hot word also ( in my best Scotty voice) .
Although it might sound a bit corny out in the general population , might save that one for Google home .
I dunno , for the phone , maybe something a bit cooler …….. Like Hal from the movie or Rosey from the Jetsons ?.

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“‘but saying Hey/Ok, Google’ can be awkward”
Sorry I meant to say “OK Google, Really”??!!

George Lu
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I would say “Hey Mini” 🙂

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