If you're an Android user, you're probably familiarized with the classic "Ok Google" voice command to initiate the Google Search app, the same voice command used for Google's powerful virtual assistant. Google is now changing the command to a much more natural, "Hey Google" which is thrilling news. The newly updated phrase is much more akin to what we actually say when we begin speaking in real-world scenarios, as opposed to a much more robotic "Ok Google".

Apple first introduced their own version, "Hey Siri", in 2011 with the iOS 9 update. Both Google and Apple have incredibly powerful virtual assistants, with many divided on which is 'better'.

To make "Hey Google" effective and personal to each user, they have a calibration exercise when setting it up for the first time. The process walks you through a few iterations of saying, "Hey Google" so that it can be fine-tuned to your personal voice. This ensures that your device is not triggered by other people using the same phrase in the near proximity.

You can configure & calibrate this new option by grabbing a compatible Android device, and following these steps:

  • Launch Settings app
  • Tap "Google"
  • Select "Search"
  • And then Voice.

Once there, just follow the steps as mentioned above and you will be good to go!

Looking for where Google's Assistant can be found? Visit their official Google Assistant page. Google Assistant is also compatible with iOS devices and can be downloaded now on the AppStore.

What do you think of this change? Do you like the new command phrase, or still prefer the old "Ok Google"? Let us know in the comments below!

via Android Police & Google

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