23 June 2018, India:
Google has announced a new feature for Google Assitant – Continued Conversation. This feature will remove the need of repeating “Hey Google” to interact with Google Assistant.
“For the Google Assistant to have a natural conversation, it should be able to understand when it’s being spoken to and should be capable of responding to several requests during an interaction. We’re taking another step forward in making your interactions with the Google Assistant more natural with Continued Conversation, available starting today on Google Home, Google Home Mini and Google Home Max,” said Jaclyn Konzelmann Product Manager in a blog.
Jaclyn Konzelmann added, “We’ve heard from a lot of people that adding “Hey Google” before each follow-up question for the Assistant doesn’t feel as natural as they’d like. We announced Continued Conversation at I/O as an optional setting which lets you have a natural back-and-forth conversation with the Assistant without repeating ‘Hey Google’ for each follow-up request. The new feature is starting to roll out today, and you can turn it on in the Google Assistant app by going to Settings → Preferences → Continued Conversation and hitting the toggle.”
When Continued Conversation option is on, after user ask the Assistant a question, user can ask a follow-up, set a reminder, or add something to your shopping list without having to say “Hey Google” each time. can say “thank you” or “stop” once user is done, or the Google Assistant end the conversation once it detect that user is no longer talking to the Assistant. User will still need to activate your Assistant devices with “Ok Google,” “Hey Google,” or with a physical trigger, but with this new optional setting turned on, the Assistant will stay active for long enough to respond to follow up questions so users don’t have to say “Hey Google” as often.
(Source – Google Blog)