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TechnologyGoogle is phasing out the old Voice Search in favor of Assistant

10:35  29 july  2019
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Nokia's new budget phone has a dedicated Google Assistant button

Nokia's new budget phone has a dedicated Google Assistant button HMD Global has announced a new affordable Nokia smartphone after launching a five-camera flagship and a bunch of low-to-mid end devices just a few months ago at MWC. The Nokia 2.2 is part of the company's Android One family of devices and will ship loaded with Android Pie. Once Android Q comes out, the phone will be able to run it, as well. The device also comes with a dedicated Google Assistant button users can press to summon the voice AI. HMD Global released phones with the button in the past, and by the looks of things, we might see it more often in its future devices. Nokia 2.2 is powered by a quad-core MediaTek A22 CPU chipset and has a 5.

Google 's Voice Search feature is being phased out in favor of Google Assistant . A subtle change is taking place to the Google Search app via a software The microphone icon once found on the right-hand side of the search bar has been replaced with the Google Assistant icon. In addition, the old

”[ Voice search ] caused a divergent and inconsistent experience on devices that had Assistant : users likely didn’t know why one voice search was popping from the bottom of Now it appears that Google is phasing out the old Voice Search experience, at least on devices where Assistant is activated.“

The familiar microphone icon in Google's search bar might soon be a thing of the past, according to some recent changes spotted by 9 to 5 Google. On some phones, Google's old-school "Voice Search," with the prompt "Say 'Hey Google,'" has been replaced by the four-dot Assistant logo and the term "Ask your Assistant." As a reminder, that's just like the one at the bottom of Google's Pixel launcher. It still opens the same interface as before, but the search is now performed by Assistant and displays the results in a slide-up card.

Google is phasing out the old Voice Search in favor of Assistant

Google's Voice Search has been around in one form or another for many years, and works in more languages than Assistant. However, Google clearly wants users to embrace Assistant instead so that they have a similar experience across multiple devices -- whether they be smart speakers or smartphones. The change is only appearing on some phones, but could be coming in a phased rollout to others later on. Engadget has reached out to Google for confirmation.

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The Google Assistant will also begin to suggest podcasts in response to commands like "Hey Google, play a podcast about Marie Curie" later this year. This push for podcast accessibility follows the trend led by other tech companies who are committing to the growing podcast industry. Earlier this year, Spotify acquired two major platforms -- Gimlet and Anchor -- who are currently among the leaders in the podcast market. In December, Pandora added over 100,000 podcast episodes to the streaming service which are recommended to users based on their tastes.

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