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Google Assistant Will Soon Beat Alexa in One Big Way

If you use Google Assistant, your options to get its attention are pretty limited: either "OK Google," or "Hey Google." But soon you'll be able to call it whatever you want.

9to5Google dug into the latest Google app and found evidence that you'll be able to customize the cue, called a hotword, to get the Assistant's attention.

Credit: Tom's Guide

(Image credit: Tom's Guide)

Based on the new app, it appears that the feature will first come to Google's smartphone apps. That likely makes it a matter of when, not if, the same functionality comes to Google Home.

And while you'll be able to use a custom attention-grabber, it appears that the original cues will still work alongside them, just in case you fall into old habits.

Amazon's Alexa goes by a few names already: Alexa, Echo and Computer. But you can't program your own name. Apple's Siri and Microsoft's Cortana don't have any duplicate options.

Google is making a massive push to keep up with Amazon's Alexa in both features and public knowledge, and adding some new features like this could make more people interested in Assistant.

  • ryanpm40
    I hate so say it but... Bixby did it first
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  • ryanpm40
    As much as I hate to say it but... Bixby did it first
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  • AndrewFreedman
    20655651 said:
    I hate so say it but... Bixby did it first

    Well, that gave me a good chuckle. And you’re right! Bixby isn’t a major player in the smart home race (or really any race) though.
    Reply
  • pedroneil
    I used to swear by Tom's guide trusting you to do your research... you've always been able to change the Alexa wake word. https://www.howtogeek.com/249342/how-to-change-the-amazon-echos-wake-word/
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  • billyjennings11
    Pedroneil beat me to it. Plus Homeseer and lots of other automation software had this capability years ago (not the same thing but hardly a game changer at this point)
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  • jacksmith21006
    To keep up with the Amazon Echo? We started with the Echo in late 2014 and now have several Google Homes. Google passed Amazon awhile ago.

    The biggest difference is that fact the Echo requires rigid language or basically commands you have to memorize to get it to do things. Versus the Google Home for most things you can just say it however it pops up in your head.
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  • pedroneil
    well that's not in this article and now you've made me hate my alexa even more than yesterday. thanks for the summary
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  • bobbruff
    20655705 said:
    20655651 said:
    I hate so say it but... Bixby did it first

    Well, that gave me a good chuckle. And you’re right! Bixby isn’t a major player in the smart home race (or really any race) though.

    If we're getting obscure AND talking about who dunnit first we've got to give Motorola the crown (for both) with Moto voice.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GU4SVivjI-8

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  • AndrewFreedman
    20655733 said:
    I used to swear by Tom's guide trusting you to do your research... you've always been able to change the Alexa wake word. https://www.howtogeek.com/249342/how-to-change-the-amazon-echos-wake-word/

    As it says in the article, you can change Alexa's wake word, but only between a few predetermined choices. This Google Assistant change would allow you to use whatever word you want.

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  • pedroneil
    I don't think that its about "who done it first"
    it's about the title of the article and suggesting that you get a Google thingy because you can change the wake word... or that the person didn't findd the term for what Amazon uses for ad wake word abs goes on to say that Googles overtaking amazon Alexa because you can change the wake word. the other guy highlighting that Google is cleverer at turning of my lounge light rather than say, I can't find kitchen lights when a can read kitchen lights in my Sunday home list... now that's worth using to say that Google's gadget is better than Alexa.
    20657387 said:
    20655705 said:
    20655651 said:
    I hate so say it but... Bixby did it first

    Well, that gave me a good chuckle. And you’re right! Bixby isn’t a major player in the smart home race (or really any race) though.

    If we're getting obscure AND talking about who dunnit first we've got to give Motorola the crown (for both) with Moto voice.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GU4SVivjI-8

    Reply