You can now tell Google Assistant to stop speaking with one word: “Stop”. That’s it — you don’t even have to say “Hey, Google” before that. Google’s official Twitter account broke the news but calls for a quality of life improvement for the company’s smart speakers and displays.
It sometimes takes a while (and several repeated attempts) to get the Assistant’s attention with a “Hey, Google” if it suddenly fires up without you wanting it or if you absolutely have to cut it off in the middle of the spiel . This new feature solves this problem.
Google has been testing the ability to issue voice commands without wake words on Android for at least the last year. The feature, codenamed “Guacamole”, includes the ability to cancel alarms simply by saying “Stop”. A year before this experimental feature was discovered, another named “Blue Steel” was leaked to the public.
Blue Steel lets you activate the assistant only by proximity, with the voice AI interface automatically appearing when you get close to a smart display without having to say anything. Google hasn’t said if this new feature is the result of either experience, though we’re sure all that matters if you need to stop the assistant from speaking is that the feature exists. .