In the last few weeks we have had an assistant function with the code name “guacamole” tracked in the Google app. We can now report that “Guacamole” enables users to perform time sensitive “quick tasks” of the wizard, such as: For example, you can answer calls or mute alarms on your Android phone without first saying “Hey Google”.
About APK Insight: In this ‘APK Insight’ post, we decompiled the latest version of an application that Google uploaded to the Play Store. If we decompile these files (called APKs in the case of Android apps) we can see different lines of code in this hint of possible future functionality. Note that Google may or may not never ship these features and our interpretation of the features may be incomplete. We will try to enable those close to graduation to show you what they will look like when they ship. With that in mind, read on.
Work on guacamole began in early March in version 12.8 of the Google app. The company kept this ability very secretive and worked hard to obscure its true nature. The initial descriptions were:
“Get things done quickly with guacamole.”
“This describes what the guacamole switch actually toggles.”
Development continued for the coming weeks and today the settings (h / t) page accidentally appeared Android police) went live. In particular, it only appears in the latest Google app beta (12.5) with Android 11 and not in the last 12 developer preview.
It appears in the list of main settings under the wizard “guacamole” displayed. The full menu contains the following description, while a switch is used to activate “Language links” is available.
Skip the saying of “Hey google”to get help with quick tasks
We can now report that these questionable “quick tasks” include alarms, timers and calls. A doorbell alarm can be canceled by simply clicking “stop” or “slumber” say while “Accept / reject a call” works for incoming calls. You can of course just say the command without going first “Hey google” to have to say.
This is similar to clearing an alarm on the Nest Hub by just saying “Stop” when the doorbell rings. This smart display capability launched in 2019.
Google is currently testing this feature with employees. This explains today’s unintended disclosure in settings. Only Googlers should be able to access the wizard menu in the screenshot above, which links to an internal page.
Thanks to JEB decompilersome of which benefit from APK Insight kills.
Dylan Roussel and Kyle Bradshaw contributed to this article
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