“Google Assistant will perform the tasks you ask it to do, but it won’t speak out loud regarding it. However, the responses are surfaced on screen, for users to know”
Google updated its support site to add details about a new Assistant feature. Soon users will be able to turn off the Assistant speech output on their smartphones. This means the voice assistant will respond silently while you stay at peace. The new feature is titled ‘Turn off speech output’ in Google’s Assistant voice support page. To enable the feature, trigger Google Assistant, tap on the explore icon, open settings and go to Assistant tab, and tap Phone. Under the ‘voice and speech’ section, you’ll find an option to change the speech output to “hands-free” only.
Once enabled, the Assistant will perform the tasks you ask it to do, but it won’t speak out loud regarding it. However, the responses are surfaced on screen, for users to know about them. Unfortunately, this option, for now, seems to be limited to smartphone and isn’t available for smart speakers yet. Google Assistant on speakers and smart displays recently gained the ability to control lights without talking to users about it.
Google recently rolled out a new Assistant feature that brought the ability to read and reply to messages from third-party apps, including WhatsApp, Slack, Telegram and others. This feature is also said to be working across multiple languages. In case the message contains a photo, an audio file, video, or a file, then the Assistant will say that the message only contains a file and will not open the attachment.