Maria Montero

Access to the Google Assistant lock screen comes …

Here’s a brief detail buried underneath the Google Assistant news deluge (not to mention the weird waking nightmare that is the CES Small World trip). The company announced today that the smart assistant will be accessible on more Android phone lock screens.

The feature was first announced at Google’s hardware event in October, though it was limited to the company’s new Pixel 3 device at the time. For security reasons, it is available via subscription, which means you have to check the box in the settings.

Certainly adding that kind of lock screen access can open up your phone (and by extension you) to malicious third parties. Though once configured, it will only respond to your own voice (unless of course someone with access to your phone can make a good impression of you).

Once enabled, you can get restaurant recommendations, disable alarms, and set reminders, among other features, all without having to unlock the headset. It is not yet known when it will arrive in specific models.