100 Million Android Devices Will Have the "Google Assistant" Button

Some time ago, LG invested a special physical button on the LG G7 ThinQ and V40 to call Google's digital assistant, Google Assistant.  Later news emerged that the special button of Google's digital assistant would be present on a number of other phones, not limited to LG. The names of the vendors included Xiaomi, Nokia, and Vivo.  Thanks to this collaboration, Google as a Google Assistant developer predicts that there will be 100 million devices that have the Google Assistant button.  "We try to make Google Assistant a part of the cellphone, not just an application," said Google Assistant engineering chief Scott Huffman.

Later, vendors working with Google will have a special Google Assistant button on their cellphones.

Looks like Samsung has made a special button for its digital assistant, Bixby, on the flagship manager of the Galaxy S.  Currently, there are several vendors who have collaborated with Google to embed a special physical key for the Google Assistant. Some of them are LG, Nokia, and Xiaomi.

Vivo followed?

LG itself has embed the Google Assistant button on its newest line of phones, such as LG G8 ThinQ and LG K40.  On Nokia devices, these buttons have been embedded in the two latest budget phones from HMD Global, namely Nokia 3.2 and Nokia 4.2.

Meanwhile, for Xiaomi, the manufacturer has also embed the shortcut keys into two newly launched phones, namely Mi Mix 3 5G and Mi 9.  In addition to the three vendors, other cellphone manufacturers, such as TCL and Vivo, are also predicted to be present with the Google Assistant physical button on their mobile phones. For Vivo, the V15 Pro series is known to have the button.

However, it is not mentioned what cellphones will have that button later on. To be sure, some of the phones mentioned above already have this button.  So, what is the mechanism of the dedicated Google Assistant button function and what will be displayed when the user presses the button?

Could be a "walkie talkie"

The Google Assistant button has a number of functions based on the frequency of key presses. If the user presses the Google button once, then they will be delivered to the Google Assistant main panel or page.  If the emphasis is done twice, then the user will be presented with a number of information related to the event, review of user activities, as well as news and information updates based on their preferences.

The last function is long-press. By pressing and holding the Google Assistant button, users can use cellphones like a "walkie-talkie". This means that Google Assistant will listen to what the user is talking about while the button is pressed.  Unfortunately, it is not yet known whether the three functions on this button can be customized (re-map) like the Bixby button on the Galaxy S10 or not.

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