The Google app has secretly received a cool feature that helps you to perform a few tasks without using the hotword “Hey Google.” This isn’t a brand-new feature; it was first introduced at Google I/O in 2019 and allows you to do things like turn off the alarm tone on your smart display or smart speaker. However, thanks to a Google app update that introduces a new Guacamole option, it appears that the feature is finally making its way to phones as well.
The latest version of the Google app includes a Guacamole option in the Assistant settings section, as first noticed by AndroidPolice. It will take you to the next tab, which is called Voice Shortcuts if you tap on it. The app describes the feature as “Skip saying “Hey Google” for help with fast tasks,” which is fairly self-explanatory in and of itself. So, what tasks can you complete without involving Google Assistant?
The Guacamole trick, according to 9to5Google, allows you to silence an alarm by saying “snooze or stop” and shush a timer. Furthermore, you will be able to answer or reject a request by simply saying “answer the call” or “reject the call,” among other commands. Google is currently testing this feature on mobile internally, and it appears to have been accidentally released for a larger number of users. HOWEVER, when I try to access the linked page (go/assistant-guacamole), I get an error.
I’m using Google App v12.15.929 and can see the Guacamole toggle in the settings section. Enabling it, however, does not seem to do the magic it is supposed to. That is, in the same way that it does for devices like the Nest Hub. I attempted to make it work but was unsuccessful. More information about it is expected to be revealed at Google’s next I/O conference, which begins on May 18 as a free digital event.