“Hey Google, turn on the kitchen lights,” is something you might say multiple times per day. Each time, Google Assistant might deliver you a full response: “OK, turning off the kitchen lights.” Is that really necessary?
Thankfully, Assistant’s long-winded responses to some of your queries could be a thing of the past. The “new” Google Assistant — the updated version of the AI interface that ships with the Google Pixel 4 — comes with an option to instruct Assistant to be briefer with its responses (via Android Police).
If you own a Pixel 4, you can find this new setting by visiting your Assistant’s settings. Follow these instructions:
- Activate Google Assistant by swiping up from the bottom corner of your Pixel 4.
- Tap the explore icon in the lower-left (a small box with three lines on top of it).
- Tap on your avatar at the top right corner of the Assistant page.
- Switch to the Assistant tab on the settings page.
- Scroll down the Assistant tab and tap on Phone.
- Tap the section that says Speech Output.
Once there you should see one of two screens. If you’re on a non-Pixel 4 device (or a Pixel 4 device that hasn’t received this server-side update yet), you’ll see the screenshot on the left. If you’re on the Pixel 4 running the latest server-side update for Google Assistant, you’ll see the image on the right:
Although we don’t have first-hand experience with this new feature (our Pixel 4 XL does not have the server-side update yet), Android Police says that it might be a bit too effective at the moment. Some of the questions AP asked received silent responses, even ones that should have had at least a little bit of a vocal response.
Google is likely still working out the kinks, hence why our Pixel 4 XL doesn’t have the update yet.
Still, this is a welcome change and will likely be a popular feature once it’s ironed out and easily available to all.