Friday, 19 October, 2018

Google Assistant's 'Hey Google' hotword now rolling out to more users

Pixel 2 XL Android 8.1 slows down screen wake Google Assistant's 'Hey Google' hotword now rolling out to more users
Nina Mathis | 19 December, 2017, 11:42

Just in case you were waiting for more of a reason to pick up the Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL, Google has officially discounted them $75 each. Now, multiple users have reported slow screen wake up response after the Android Oreo 8.1 update in Pixel 2 XL devices.

The "Hey Google" hotword is now live, and you'll probably have to reconfigure the voice settings of your phone to start using it.

Augmented reality stickers allow Pixel users to get creative and add virtual characters and playful emojis to their photos and videos.

While it is hard to decipher which smartphones in particular have received this feature. several Android users took it to Reddit, confirming that Google is rolling out "Hey Google" hot word to trigger the Assistant. In the meantime, however, there is one workaround that should fix the reaction speed of the Pixel 2 XL fingerprint scanner.




Many Pixel 2 XL owners have complained on the official forum about the slowdown in the fingerprint sensor's performance after updating to Android 8.1 compared to Android 8.0. Now, Google has started rolling out the feature to the masses and sending a notification to update their set up.

Google, thankfully, has acknowledged this. Google Community Manager Orrin Hancock responded on the forum assuring the users that he will be getting in contact with each user privately for reporting the bug and taking additional details about the issue.

The company has also introduced a new platform to build voice-enabled solutions for the Google Assistant. Whatever the fix may be for this issue but it will presumably be fixed via OTA.

"Anyone else's fingerprint unlock slower than before the 8.1 update". Let us know in the comments.

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