10 January 2017
Google offers a lot of features to Android users that make their lives a lot easier and comfortable. One such feature is 'Trusted Voice' which lets you perform searches and any other task via Google Now (or Google Assistant on Pixels) without any need of unlocking the phone manually. This is a nifty feature where you want to get things done quickly but for some weird reason, Trusted Voice feature has started to turn off automatically and randomly for some users.
While users have reported of suffering from the issue for quite long (as long as since last year), it came to the spotlight when Android Police founder Artem Russakovskii faced it and posted about the same on Google+. He asked his followers whether anyone else was facing the same thing and in response, many users replied with similar concerns.
When the feature is turned off, Google's voice assistant gets activated and understands the query with no issue but asks you to unlock the phone manually so that it can perform the task for you. And it's not hard to guess that unlocking the phone manually defeats the purpose of having Trusted Voice feature.
The exact reason behind the issue is unknown and it is also not known what Google app versions are affected by the same. While we are hoping that Google will fix this in near future, you can share with us if you have or are experiencing the same issue on your Android device.