The Google Nest Hub Max might not need a wake word much longer

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Google employees are reportedly testing new firmware allowing its Nest Hub Max smart display to process Google Assistant voice commands instantly, without having to say ‘Hey Google’ or any wake word at all.

Tipster Jan Boromeusz released a video (opens in new tab) (first found by Android Central (opens in new tab)), showing off this feature, nicknamed ‘Blue Steel.’ In the video, Boromeusz moves his face closer to the Nest Hub Max screen, which instantly causes the Google Assistant logo to appear in the corner, indicating that the device is listening.

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