Unlike most other developers, unfinished features constantly appear in Google’s updates, hinting at plenty of new content in the works. Following an update to the Google app on Android, a new “Guacamole” menu is appearing in the Assistant settings list for some users. Once active, it’ll let certain tasks be performed without saying “Hey Google” at all.
Guacamole appears to be designed around voice shortcuts, adding the ability to skip the usual “Hey, Google” hotword for “help with quick tasks” like answering calls and stopping alarms. When it’s live, you’ll have to opt in to this feature by reading some terms and conditions prior to flipping on its switch. Unfortunately, we can’t enable its toggle, and the URL listed for additional information on Guacamole is dead. For now, it’s just a functionless switch sandwiched in among the usual list of settings.
This option could be another preview of a new feature planned for a wider release at I/O next month, but right now, it’s hard to say. Guacamole is showing up for some users on version 126.96.36.199 of Google’s app on devices running Android 11. Make sure you’re running the latest version using the Play Store link below, or grab the newest APK from APK Mirror.
9to5Google has learned more information about Guacamole, including that it’s intended to support voice commands for alarms, calls, and timers without first saying “Hey Google.” Devices like Google’s Nest Hub have had the same function for alarms since 2019.