Currently, Google Assistant is living under the traditional home buttons. You have to long press on the home button to launch it. At MWC today, some companies like LG, Nokia, TCL etc are coming with a dedicated button for Google assistant. It’s same as Samsung done a long time ago with its Bixby Assistant.
Google Assistant is going to have a button
Some Smartphones with Google Assistant button launching this week are the LG G8 ThinQ and K40 and the Nokia 3.2 and 4.2. The upcoming Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G and Mi 9, as well as new phones from Vivo (including the Vivo V15 Pro) and TCL will also feature a dedicated Assistant button.
According to some stats Google is expecting to have this feature in about 100 Million devices. With this feature, Google can bring some new features in the Android OS that will help to use the features which were traditionally a few clicks ago.
One Tap Assistant button will completely replace the long tap assistant launch feature from these Smartphones.
According to announcement, a single tap on the button will deliver the Assistant, just like a long tap on your usual smartphone today. A dual tap will add the Assistant’s visual snapshot feature that provides you contextual information about your day and location (similar to the much missed Google Now over). Activate a long press that Google calls a “walkie talkie” feature. This ensures that the assistant listens to longer queries, which Google says “perfect for long messages and emails”
It’s interesting to see that the Android ecosystem is now building these buttons in phones. We can expect that Google’s own nearby Pixel devices or low-end Pixel 3 will come with same feature. They will make it easier to discover the assistant and, of course, use people to use it too often. And that’s certainly what Google hopes for.
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