Google has announced the arrival of Guest mode on its virtual assistant, which actually works like private browsing. When this mode is activated, no data is collected by the firm, and will therefore prevent the appearance of targeted advertisements. On the other hand, most of the tasks of Google Assistant are still available, provided they do not require access to personal information.
The collection of personal data is at the heart of concerns and Google is well aware of it. After having made its virtual assistant sing the happy new year, the Mountain View firm announced the arrival of a new feature allowing to better control access to information. Called Guest Mode, or “Guest mode”, this option works more or less like private browsing on Chrome. Concretely, this mode prevents interactions with Google Assistant from being saved on the user’s account.
Thereby, no data will be collected by the company and the experience will not be impacted accordingly. Targeted ads, among others, will not be able to use this information to tailor their content. To use it, just say “Hey Google, turn on guest mode”. A sound notification is then played to confirm the transition, as well as a small animation on devices with a screen. It is also possible to pronounce “Hey Google, is guest mode on?” to check that it is working properly.
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Google Assistant remains fully functional in Guest mode. “You can take advantage of popular features like asking questions, controlling household appliances, setting timers, and even listening to music”, explains Google. The firm specifies, however, that the assistant will not be able to display personal results, such as calendar or contacts, as long as the mode is activated.
Also note that “When you use Google Assistant in guest mode to interact with other applications and services, such as Google Maps, YouTube or connected devices, these applications will still be able to save your activity”. To switch back to standard mode, just say “Hey Google, turn off guest mode”. For now, the feature is available on Nest speakers, only in English. Other languages will be added within the next few months.