Google Assistant’s Continued Conversation Feature Rolls Out In The U.S.

By Annie Baker ● Updated July 29, 2018

Google has officially rolled out the Continued Conversations feature for Google Assistant. The Continued Conversation feature was announced at the I/O conference in May and works for the Google Home, Home Mini, and Home Max.

Essentially the Continued Conversation feature allows you to ask follow-up questions or commands to Google Assistant without having to say “OK Google” every time. For example, you could say “OK Google, what does the traffic look like… and how is the weather?” This feature significantly improves the flow of conversation with the digital assistant.

However, this feature is only going to be available in the U.S. at first. And the Google Assistant would have to remain active as you are talking. Google Assistant deactivates after eight seconds of silence.

Google Home Mini

Google Home Mini / Photo: Google

“With Continued Conversation turned on, after you ask the Assistant a question, you can ask a follow-up, set a reminder, or add something to your shopping list without having to say ‘Hey Google’ each time. You can say ‘thank you’ or ‘stop’ once you’re done, or we’ll end the conversation once we detect that you’re no longer talking to the Assistant,” said Google Assistant product manager Jaclyn Konzelmann in a blog post. “You’ll still need to activate your Assistant devices with ‘Ok Google,’ ‘Hey Google,’ or with a physical trigger, but with this new optional setting turned on, the Assistant will stay active for long enough to respond to follow up questions so you don’t have to say ‘Hey Google’ as often.”

It’s also worth mentioning that you will turn on the feature as it is off by default. You can enable the feature by going to the Google Assistant app and then by going to Settings > Preferences > Continued conversations.