Traditionally, the Google Assistant on Android phones always lived under the Home button. As the company announced today at MWC, LG, Nokia, Xiaomi, TCL and Vivo are about to launch phones with dedicated assistant buttons, much like Samsung has long done with its Bixby wizard.
The new push-button phones launched this week include the LG G8 ThinQ and K40 and the Nokia 3.2 and 4.2. The new models Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G and Mi 9 as well as new phones from Vivo (including Vivo V15 Pro) and TCL also have a special assistant button. Google expects that over 100 million devices will soon offer this feature.
With a dedicated button, Google can also integrate some new features into the Android operating system which makes it easier to do some wizarding functions that were traditionally always a few steps away.
As expected, the assistant is called by tapping the button once, just like a long tap on the phone today. Tapping twice displays the Wizard's Instant Snapshot feature, which provides contextual information about your day and location (similar to Google Now in the past few days). A long press activates what Google calls a "walkie-talkie" feature. This ensures that the assistant hears longer queries that Google says are "perfect for emails or long text messages."
It's Interesting to See That the Android Ecosystem Is Now These buttons are being built into phones (and we can probably assume that Google's own next-generation pixel devices or the legendary low-end Pixel 3 will also have one ). Of course, you'll find it easier to find the assistant, and maybe people will use it more often ̵