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Ok google..

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Ok google..

Seems my phone has decided to start spying on me recently.

Twice today it's said to me "if you've just said something, i didn't hear it". Somewhat perplexed I said "ok google" to which the listening screen popped up. This doesn't normally happen unless i press the dot in the middle at the bottom of the screen and drag it upwards. Only then does it start listening.

So anyone else got a phone suddenly start listening full time? I only need to say ok google and it jumps into action.

Where's the tin foil..

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Re: Ok google..

you can switch it off, but OK google has been around for ages now.

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Re: Ok google..

The only time to worry is if Google is your pet name for your wife.... Or girlfriend!
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Re: Ok google..

There has been the odd occasion when my PC has responded to something spoken on the TV.

It's quite amusing.

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Re: Ok google..


wrote:
The only time to worry is if Google is your pet name for your wife.... Or girlfriend!

preferably........to save confusion.......  both .... Shocked

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wrote:
you can switch it off, but OK google has been around for ages now.

I'm aware of it having been around for ages, it's been on my phone since i bought it however as mentioned, normally i'd have to swipe the middle icon at the bottom upwards for it to listen.

Now it seems to be listening constantly. How do i turn that off then?

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Re: Ok google..

I might ask my wife if she can change her name to Google. Then at least I know I will get a reply when I ask her something 😂😂😂😂
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Re: Ok google..

@7up  this may help https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXnVFj43t8c

Or https://support.google.com/assistant/answer/7394306?hl=en

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Re: Ok google..

East Germany was way ahead in this respect, every home had to have a telephone socket, although actually getting a phone was a bit like getting a Trabant, i.e. years on a waiting list.  The phone socket, however, contained the microphone through which the Stasi could monitor the citizens.

Perhaps, @7up, you have been specially selected, as Reader's Digest used to say, to take part in a trial by the security services in order to 'improve' their service to the citizens.