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"Hey Google" no more: Nest Hub Max to listen when you look at it

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Starting today, Google will make it easier for users to control their smart home devices. Officially announced during I/O 2022 along with Android 13 and several new Pixel devices such as the Pixel 6a, the Look and Talk feature adds the ability to give commands to your smart display without the "Hey Google" command. The smart feature will arrive first on Google's Nest Hub Max.


  • Google officially launches the Look and Talk feature to Nest Hub Max
  • The feature enables you to wake Home assistant by staring at the display
  • Also interesting: Wear OS devices will get the Google Home app

In late 2020, the same "stare and talk" feature was first discovered in an API under the codename "Blue Steel" (Zoolander, anyone?). It lets users wake and talk to Google Home assistant by staring at the display from up to five feet away. Google says that the new function can be integrated with the existing Face Match and Voice Match to help reduce false activations of the assistant.

Google is also providing support for instant voice commands to Nest Hub Max display owners. For example, you can say "Add lemon to my grocery shopping list" or "Turn off the lights in the living room" without saying "Hey Google".

To enable Look and Talk on your Google Nest Hub Max, users need to activate the feature under the Recognition and Sharing section in the Home app. The company is releasing the feature to Nest Hub Max devices first. No words yet if which other Nest Hub models will get the function.

Google Home app is coming to Pixel Watch, Wear OS devices

Google's Pixel Watch and other Wear OS devices will finally get the Google Home app support. The Wear OS version of the app will look a lot like the mobile version of the Home app where users can control smart home devices through their smartwatches. Google says the app will be released later this year but as to when exactly is not yet confirmed.

What are your favorite announcements from the 2022 Google I/O event? Hit us up in the comment section.

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Jade Bryan

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I still remember how amazed I was when I first got hold of the Nokia 3210 back when I was a kid, and it was during that time I developed my love for technology, particularly for mobile phones. I started sharing my knowledge through writing in different blogs and forums back in Nokia Nseries era. I even make videos before where I put different phones side-by-side. Today, I'm still an avid enthusiast of smartphones, but my interests have evolved into smart devices and electric vehicles.

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    storm May 13, 2022 Link to comment

    So now it's optically monitoring everything.

    Just no. No.