you’ll soon no longer need to say “OK Google” to talk to Assistant

Google may soon launch a feature called “Look and Talk” that will allow Google Nest Hub Max users to simply glance at their smart display to activate Google Assistant.

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Google’s Nest Hub could get a new feature that will make interactions smoother, using eye contact to activate Assistant instead of the traditional “Ok Google” wake word. The functionality, identified in the Google app on the beta channel, version 13.14, works as the name suggests, just look at the device and start speaking a command. The operation is therefore different from the updates that have recently been deployed by Google for Assistant which allow you to say certain commands without any wake-up word.

This feature will obviously need a camera to detect your face.. It therefore seems that it will therefore be compatible with the Google Nest Hub Max smart screen, but not with the classic Nest Hub or even simple connected speakers. The arrival of such an option could encourage Google to release more connected devices equipped with cameras, much to the chagrin of privacy advocates.

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When will the new feature be rolling out to Google Nest Hub Max?

For now, it’s unclear when Google plans to make this feature available to everyone. It could be that the American giant decides to present it to the occasion of its annual Google I/O conference next month. During this conference, Google could also lift the veil on its next Pixel 6a, its affordable smartphone of 2022.

For those who immediately noticed that this new option could create a controversy relating to the privacy of users, since the camera of your Google Nest Hub Max will need to constantly monitor your face, Google has thought of everything. Within the APK, 9to5Google has also discovered clues that suggest that the video would be processed locally without sending the footage to the cloud. Users would therefore not have to fear seeing videos of them and their personal data leaking onto the Web.

Source: 9to5Google

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