Google Assistant doubles down on mobile at MWC with physical buttons

Dedicated Google Assistant button will bring new AI abilities to even more devices in 2019

Dedicated Google Assistant button will bring new AI abilities to even more devices in 2019

At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Google shared the next steps for the company's Assistant voice platform. Google Assistant buttons are going to be everywhere.

The Nokia 3.2 is one of many new phones adding a dedicated Google Assistant button. The Mountain View giant made a lot of partnerships in its attempt to bring more AI (artificial intelligence) capabilities to smartphones, and a direct result of these collaborations is the addition of a dedicated button for the Google Assistant on some devices.

Starting with the LG G8 ThinQ, Google is partnering with more manufacturers to add physical Assistant buttons to Android devices. As it turns out, the adoption of dedicated Google Assistant buttons can be attributed to Google's efforts to push their virtual assistant, and the button is coming to more devices. Both the Nokia 4.2 and Nokia 3.2, also announced at a pre-MWC event today, have the feature. So will a lot of phones you're less likely to see reach the USA, including the newly unveiled Mi Mix 3 5G and Mi Mix 9 as well as devices from Vivo. If you double press it, you will receive a visual snapshot of your day from Google Assistant with intelligent suggestions and personalised information, a long press of the button will activate a walkie-talkie mode, which lets the Google Assistant listen to you until you release it for long sentence queries.

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The Assistant is Google's digital helper, akin to Amazon's Alexa and Apple's Siri. The dedicated Assistant button can actually come in pretty handy, as we discovered previous year when reviewing the G7.

A long press and hold action makes the assistant record your voice for as long as you're holding down the button.

If you tap the button once, it summons the Assistant, which you can control with your voice.

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