While language is a key interaction method, Google must combine comfort and functionality with security. One current trade-off is that it is not possible to send text using Assistant voice commands from the Android lock screen.
This week's server-side A / B test, which appears to be in line with the latest beta version of the Google app (version 10.28) – sees the wizard's "send text" command work directly from the lock screen , If you specify the recipient and the message, the text is actually sent, and Google Assistant provides visual and verbal confirmation.
As shown in the first screenshots below, the icon at the top of the screen indicates that the device is still locked. The entire voice interaction.
Google Assistant Text for Lock Screen
Existing behavior ̵
Being an A / B test, the functionality is not very widespread. On our Pixel 3 with Android 9 Pie, the Google Assistant lock screen text feature is fully functional. However, this is not the case with another Pixel 3 with Android Q and a Pixel 2 XL that we have reviewed. A tip to us has also shown how the function works shortly before disappearing.
It is unclear whether this is widespread or even intended, but it would be a welcome feature that Google Assistant is actually freehand on mobile phones. Because the wizard is part of the Google app, the text on the lock screen should not be pixel-specific and work on other Android devices.
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