May 13, 2021

Building Your Inovation

Google’s Guacamole may be premature, but it sounds ripe to become an Android feature

Photo by Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via Getty Images Google probably wasn’t planning to reveal...

Photo by Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Google probably wasn’t planning to reveal this until the company’s I/O developer conference on May 18th, but it looks like a cat may be out of the bag: the company’s testing a feature that should let you stop alarms and answer calls on your Android phone simply by saying “stop” — no need to pick up your phone or even say “Hey Google.”

We know this because a mysterious new setting called “Guacamole” has popped up in the Google app on Android 11 for some users — including me. (Android Police and 9to5Google tipped us off.) And while none of us journalists have been able to actually turn on the feature yet, it’s fairly easy to imagine what it does.

The menus where Guacamole can be found, for some users running Android 11…

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