Google has recently brought its Google Assistant Quick Phrases feature to Pixel Buds Pro, expanding its availability beyond smartphones, tablets, and nest devices. The Pixel Buds Pro, which was launched over a year ago, had already impressed users with its smart capabilities, thanks to various built-in Google features like Translate. With Quick Phrases, using voice commands becomes even easier as users no longer need to say “Hey Google” before issuing a command. This Google Assistant feature allows users to simply say the command without the need for a wake-up phrase or hotword.
While Quick Phrases may sound exciting, it is primarily designed to complete tasks rather than initiate them. On Pixel devices, users can easily accept or decline incoming calls by simply saying the corresponding command, eliminating the need to manually interact with the phone. The same goes for alarms, which can be snoozed with a quick “snooze” command, and timers, which can be stopped by saying “stop”. These quick phrases offer convenience, but their functionality is limited in comparison to the broader range of commands available with the traditional “Hey Google” voice commands.
Although Google Assistant Quick Phrases have been available on Pixel devices since the Pixel 6 series, Pixel Buds Pro users can now enjoy this feature officially. The recent update enables users to control calls using the first three quick phrases without having to summon the Google Assistant first. Activating Quick Phrases on Pixel Buds Pro is a straightforward process. Users simply need to open the Settings app, locate the “Quick Phrases” section, and toggle on the settings for each quick phrase scenario. Additionally, users can check the compatibility of specific devices with different quick phrase scenarios within the same section.
While Quick Phrases offer convenience, there are a few downsides to consider. When using quick phrases in conversation, there is a possibility of inadvertently accepting an unknown incoming call, as the phone could interpret the phrase as a command. Similarly, if someone near the user says a quick phrase, it may inadvertently trigger the Google Assistant. Additionally, the Google Assistant may be triggered if it detects a word that sounds similar to any of the three quick phrases. Therefore, caution should be exercised while using quick phrases in order to avoid any unintended actions.
To utilize Quick Phrases effectively, users are required to select only one language in the Google Assistant Settings. Presently, the supported languages include English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish. It is worth noting that as of now, Quick Phrases are limited to answering, declining, and silencing calls, as well as snoozing and stopping alarms and timers. However, it is possible that Google may expand the functionality of Quick Phrases in future updates to offer a more comprehensive range of commands and versatility.
The addition of Google Assistant Quick Phrases to Pixel Buds Pro enhances convenience for users who prefer hands-free interaction with their devices. The ability to control calls and manage alarms and timers with simple voice commands saves time and effort. However, the limitations of this feature should not be overlooked. Users must remain cautious about unintended actions triggered by quick phrases and ensure that they use them in appropriate contexts. As Quick Phrases evolve and expand their functionality, they have the potential to become an indispensable tool for seamless interaction with Google Assistant.