If you have one or more Google Home in your house (both the standard model, as the Mini or the Hubs that have a screen and everything)
Surely it has happened to you sometime that, without incident, the assistant has illuminated the lights and has begun to speak alone without having asked for anything. This occurs because there is some sound that accidentally activates it and starts the listening process to offer us an answer.
The problem with those cases is that one ends up thinking that the assistant is listening more than he should or that there are specific keywords that activate it by default. Something that drives us to touch the button mute of the microphone to prevent our private conversations at home from being leaked.
A “sensitivity” control is underway
It has been the guys from XDA-Developers who have alerted of a function that they have found in one of the APKs of the Google Home application for Android, and that seems to intended to define what is the listening sensitivity of your Google Home. The parameter that you will have to decide based on where in the house you have them installed. And a bedroom is not the same as a room like a kitchen, which offers acoustics very different from any other place in the house.
— Mishaal Rahman (@MishaalRahman) April 21, 2020
This function, of which some screenshots have been published, makes it clear that it will be possible to raise or lower that listening sensitivity when saying “Ok Google”, or that the assistant himself responds when in theory we have not asked him for anything. If this last case is the one you suffer daily, then you will have to lower that sensitivity until you see that it no longer responds to the first noise or voice heard.
This function, which will presumably come shortly, It was something that many had been asking from Mountain View for months. When these smart speakers have been invading the houses in an increasing number, and is that if this is your case, has it not happened to you that when you want to interact with one of them, they have ended up activating others just saying “Ok Google”? Let’s hope that this sensitivity control allows us to adjust them so that they don’t jump alone with the first sentence in which they think they hear that we are addressing them.