Right now there are several ways that you can summon Google Assistant on your Android device, one of which involves using the, “OK Google” phrase to call upon the digital assistant. It turns out that Google could be looking to introduce a new way of calling the digital assistant and they plan on making it as easy as raising your phone.
This is according to a report from 9to5Google who claims that one of the new features of the upcoming Pixel 4 smartphone is that it activates Google Assistant with just the raise of the phone. While it’s an interesting idea, there are some privacy concerns. What if we wanted to just raise our phones to unlock it? Wouldn’t that mean that Google is listening all the time?
According to what they have been told, your query to Google Assistant has to be made immediately after the phone has been raised. If it is not, then it will not register as a legit Google Assistant question. We’re still not quite sure how that is supposed to be better as it means that we need to always be quiet for a second or two whenever we lift the Pixel 4.
We definitely need to get our hands on the phone in order to get a better idea of what to expect, so do check back with us on the 15th of October where the handset is expected to be officially launched.