One of the most user-requested features in history has finally been added to the Google Assistant. It is called Continued Conversation and it means that you will have to say “Hey Google” or “OK Google”.
Google declared Continued Conversation at I/O as an optional setting. It will let you have a natural back-and-forth conversation with the Assistant without repeating “Hey Google” for each follow-up request.
The new feature is starting to roll out today, and you can turn it on in the Google Assistant app by going to Settings → Preferences → Continued Conversation and hitting the toggle.
What can you do with Continued Conversation?
With Continued Conversation turned on after you ask the Assistant a question. You can ask a follow-up, set a reminder, or add something to your shopping list without having to say “Hey Google” each time. You can say “thank you” or “stop” once you’re done, or we’ll end the conversation once detect that you’re no longer talking to the Assistant.
You’ll still need to activate your Assistant devices with “Ok Google,” “Hey Google,” or with a physical trigger. But with this new optional setting turned on, the Assistant will stay active for long enough to respond to follow up questions so you don’t have to say “Hey Google” as often.
So when you wake up and the skies are grey just ask “Hey Google, what’s the weather today?” “And what about tomorrow?”. You can also ask “Can you add a rain jacket to my shopping list”. You can add “And remind me to bring an umbrella tomorrow morning”…“Thank you!”
With this update, your conversations with the Google Assistant will be more natural and intuitive than they’ve ever been—your Google Assistant is growing up!