"Hey Google" hotword is now available for smartphones

19 December, 2017, 11:46 | Author: Simon Thompson

The regular Pixel 2 now starts at $599, thanks to a $50 discount, while the Pixel 2 XL now starts at $774, thanks to a $75 discount.

A number of Pixel 2 XL users have taken to Google's product forums to voice their issue about the Oreo 8.1 update having considerably slowed down the wake-up response time of the phone.

"Hey Google" already works on Google's Home smart speakers, so adding it to Android only makes sense. Now, Google is trying to clear the confusion, by giving smartphone users an option to select between the hotwords, "Ok Google" and "Hey Google". Users are reporting that whenever they try to unlock their devices using the fingerprint sensor, there's a significant delay.

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On the flip side, there have been several issues with the Pixel 2 XL, including burn-in, unresponsive display edges and flashing screens.

More specifically, some Pixel 2 XL owners have noticed that turning on the smartphone's always-on display feature fixes the speed of the fingerprint scanner, Android Central reports. The company is aware of the issue and plan on collecting bug reports to see exactly what it needs to send in the way of a patch, in order to fix the issue. In fact, there are plenty of devices on the market that are equipped with much better hardware specs than the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL and some of them are way cheaper, for instance, OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T. Google is making things easier by cutting prices on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL just in time for the holidays. We don't know the timeline for OTA release yet, but we will be keeping an eye on this issue and inform our readers when Google releases an update for fixing it.

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