Secret Nest display feature could remove need for saying 'Hey Google'

Alonzo Simpson
October 24, 2020

A video detailing the feature has been shown on YouTube from Jan Borromeoosh, A Nest Home hacker with a proven track record of logging early smart display features before they're announced. It seems there'd be an option to disable just this feature too.

"Our ultrafast broadband, combined with Google's exciting range of smart security products, allow our customers to take their smart-home ambitions to the next level and stay safe and secure", said Annie Brooks, executive director of product at Virgin Media. Poromius says the device hears commands "after detecting presence", so if someone is in front of the display, it will start answering questions. So, it's not clear yet if the company is going to make a public launch of the functionalities, but Boromeusz is found asking different kinds of information on the voice app of Google without once uttering the wake word.

Here's an interesting experiment Google is making on its smart screens: entering voice commands without a hot word.

According to 9to5Google, Home & Away Routines on Google Home is now available for several users; however, the company is yet to officially announce the update's rollout.

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Rumours have indicated that the Nest Hub Max is able to sense a person's presence through its existing ultrasound sensing capabilities.

Google is reportedly working on a new feature that allows users to activate Google Assistant without having to say Hey Google or "OK Google".

Of course, this introduces a fair few privacy concerns. It isn't known for now how far away you need to be for the Assistant to start listening, or what other systems are in place to prevent it listening for more time than is absolutely necessary.

(Pocket-lint) - Google's next feature could spell the end for wake words like "OK Google".

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