For some users (USA) a new option “Help to improve the Assistant” is shown as of today when opening the Google Assistant settings. This means that the recorded audio data are saved and evaluated locally in order to be able to learn from them in the future and thus to reduce the number of incorrect activations.
Google Assistant – improve hotword recognition
How 9To5Goole reportsAs of today, some users in the USA have the option of activating the “Help to improve the Assistant” option in the Assistant settings. “To store audio so that language technologies can learn over time.” explains that the files are recorded but remain locally on your device.
These are anonymously compared with other users. So when you say the hotword “Hey Google” or something similar, your device just sends a “summary of the changes to the Google servers.” This is to help adjust the Google Assistant’s triggering logic.
The option is disabled by default. Users have to explicitly agree to this. The program can make sense, because we recently reported how often it did Google also activated itself for other words.
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