Google Assistant could soon get custom hot word functionality

Saying “Hey, Google” or “Ok, Google” to activate Google Assistant isn’t the worst thing in the world, but it can be a little irksome at times, it just doesn’t feel natural. This could be about to change in the near future, though, with users reportedly gaining the ability to use custom hot words to activate Google Assistant.

According to a breakdown of the Google app (Version 7.20) by 9to5Google, there are strings of code which indicate that users could soon be able to replace the “Ok, Google/Hey, Google” hot words with their own choice. The code contains commands such as “You’ll be able to access your Assistant directly by saying \”%1$s\””  and “Teach your Assistant to recognize \”%1$s\””, with “\”%1$s\”” acting as a placeholder for the individual’s custom hot word.

There’s no timeframe for when custom hot words will roll out to Google Assistant, but you would think that it will be before or during Google I/O 2018. Until the feature is officially announced, the main question each of us should be asking is what out personal hot words would be. My top choice at the moment would be a very cliched “Jarvis”, but “Dude” is a close second. Let us know what you would choose as your custom hot word for Google Assistant in the comments below.

Source: 9to5Google


About the Author: Peter Holden

He's been an Android fan ever since owning an HTC Hero, with the Dell Streak being his first phablet. He currently carries a Huawei P10 and a Galaxy Tab S2 8.0. When not immersed in the world of Android and gadgets, he's an avid sports fan, and like all South Africans, he loves a good Braai (BBQ).


  • Zomby2D

    I’m more excited about the ability to set a secondary language on my Google Home.

  • SickyDW

    Hey, Smartass?