Google Updates Home Speakers With Assistant Continued Conversation Feature
Google has had plenty of success in the market for smart speakers with their line-up of Google Home products, and the company is now making the built-in Google Assistant smarter and more intuitive by adding the Continued Conversation feature.
Continued Conversation should make talking to Google Home via the Assistant a lot less robotic, with a more natural flow. Google Assistant on the Home devices will be the first product that is compatible with the new feature, although the smarter conversations will eventually make its way to other Assistant-enabled devices as well.
Users of the Google Home, Home Mini, and Home Max won’t have to say “OK Google” or “Hey Google” every time they want to give a command. For example, if you’re already talking to the Assistant and want to ask a follow-up question or give a follow-up command, you no longer need to hail the device anymore by saying the hot words. The follow-up conversations feature for Google Assistant was first announced at the Google I/O conference in May and is one of many planned improvements to the virtual speech assistant.
It’s still unclear at the moment of Continued Conversation works with all Assistant-supported languages or just English. In any case, Google is expanding the Home devices to other markets and languages, with support for a number of European countries and languages coming later this year.