Google has removed some functionality from its newest Pixel phones, it has emerged.
Previous Pixel smartphones could be unlocked by the user speaking, but that’s not the case with the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.
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The feature let you unlock Google Assistant by saying “OK Google”. That meant you could make calls, send texts, set timers and more, all by speaking with no need to unlock your handset.
Google has removed the function from its support page. Instead, it reads: “On Pixel 3 phones, you can’t unlock your phone by saying ‘OK Google’. Instead, you can use the Google Assistant on your lock screen.”
Google hasn’t explained its reasoning for removing voice-unlocking. It could be a security issue – Voice Match did let someone with a similar-sounding voice to unlock the phone and start using it.
The search giant recently unveiled the Pixel Stand, which lets you use Google Assistant without unlocking the phone, as long as it’s docked.
It may be that Google sees this as a better, more secure way of doing so. Or it’s trying to sell more Pixel Stands.