You may soon be able to talk to your phone without an 'OK, Google' every second

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What you need to know

  • Google is working on allowing your phone to keep listening to you for a few seconds after you say "OK, Google" for the first time.
  • 'Continued Conversations' are already available on the company's smart home products.
  • The feature is only available to some users at the moment.

Interacting with your phone via voice is quite the boon — especially if your hands are full with a kid — but having to say "OK, Google" after every sentence can become quite tiresome after a while. Cue Continued Conversations, a feature Google first introduced with its smart home lineup a little over a year ago.

The setting, which can be toggled on via the Google Assistant app, allows the virtual assistant to continue listening to your commands for a short period of time after you utter its trigger phrase. Now, Google is apparently looking to bring the same to its mobile operating system (via Android Police).

A tip received by the publication shows a new 'Phone' option for the Devices available under the Continued Conversations section of Google Assistant's settings. Unfortunately, while the presence of the toggle shows Google is working on adding support for phones, the tipster found the feature to be non-functional, indicating the company may still be in the early stages of development for it.

That means you might need to keep muttering "OK, Google" — you can also throw in a "Hey, Google" for a bit of spice — at your phone till your tongue tires but, rest assured, relief is on the way.

Muhammad Jarir Kanji
  • Is this not already available? I'm sure there's a setting for it...
  • Wasn't there just an article about how these are spying on us by listening inlonger than they should?
  • That was an unannounced pilot test. ;)
  • Not exactly, that articles title was a little on the click baity side.
  • Sure, but that was a rogue app.
  • And this officially supported by Google so it's A OK. ;)
  • When you go to activate for the first time it literally says it is always listening. That's the reason I didn't activate. Says it is listening before and after you say the phrase. Which equates to always.
  • Why can't I just name it anything I want for it to do something...
  • I agree, I would like for my mini to have a name.
    That way I could just say hey beotch!