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Google is Retiring the ‘OK Google’ Hotword in Chrome OS

Google’s Chrome OS has been rumored to receive the Google Assistant for some time, starting with a new Chromebook under the codename “Eve”. We haven’t heard much in terms of significant rumors surrounding this topic, but according to a report out of ChromeUnboxed, it looks like Google is at least taking a major step in readying the Assistant for primetime.

In the report, ChromeUnboxed notes that deep inside code within Chrome OS, Google has deprecated the “OK Google” hotword setup process. Before, users could dig into the settings of their Chromebook to enable the feature, but it looks like this will soon change.

Of course, Google needs a second motive to get rid of this hotword rather just because the Assistant is coming. Luckily, they have one, and it’s not very shocking.

As noted by ChromeUnboxed, not many people actually use the “OK Google” command with their Chromebooks. This is reason enough to retire the feature, and now that the Assistant is on its way and will be activatable via a keyboard command (Search + A, if you’re wondering), now seems like a perfect time to give the feature the depreciation it deserves. Sure, there’s probably people out there that are unhappy with this news, but for the rest of us, it’s just another setting gone that drains your battery.

We still don’t know when the Assistant will land for Chromebooks or when this “Eve” option will go on sale, but we’ll let you know of more info over time.


Max Buondonno is a technology enthusiast who has been working as a journalist in this industry for more than two years. He has grown up in the age where everyone has a smartphone which has influenced his decision to become a professional technology writer, his passion in life. He's dipped his toes in the development of websites, while you can ask him anything about Apple, Google, or Microsoft and he's bound to give you an answer. He's reachable on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, and email.

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