26 November 2019
Google Assistant Continued Conversation feature that lets you talk to the voice assistant in a flow without saying the hotwords “Ok Google” or “Hey Google” appears to be rolling out to more Android phones. Already available on the smart home speakers and displays, the feature keeps the microphone open briefly after every response to listening for your follow-up questions.
The feature is spotted by a user who shared the screenshots to AndroidPolice to prove the existence of it. The name of the device is unknown but it’s evident that the feature has already landed on a non-Pixel device.
Note that this feature is first coming to the Pixel 4 under the new Assistant experience. But the screenshot reveals the Continued Conversation setting is already available for an Android phone with the older Assistant. So, this may not specifically be a part of the new Google Assistant, though you can expect some better experience with Pixel 4.
For now, the setting available with the older Android phone appears to be under A/B testing, since the Assistant stopped listening to the user even when the mode was turned on. With Continued Conversations enabled, the Google Assistant should continue listening for a few seconds for a follow-up command.
Currently, the Continued Conversations feature is working fine on Pixel 4 and you can enable it by going under the Settings. But you need to make sure your Google app version is updated to 10.73 or up. On your phone, go to Settings > Apps & Notifications > Assistant to turn on Continued Conversations.
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