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'New' Google Assistant requires gesture navigation on Pixel 4



One of the key selling points of the Pixel 4 is the fact that it has the much faster “new” Google Assistant on board. However, there are a couple of details that might ruin that for some users. The new Google Assistant requires that you use gesture navigation, and that you don't have any G Suite accounts on your device.

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Android Police Unveiled a support document with a list of requirements for the new Google Assistant on the Pixel 4. It explains what version of the Google app you will need, the fact that it will only work in English in the United States, and also notes that gesture navigation is required too.

That last point was a bit of a shock considering the Pixel 4 also supports three-button navigation, and it was unclear if it was a permanent change. Google later reached out, saying that this was actually the case, and that users could still activate the new Google Assistant with three-button navigation, but it quickly walked back that statement. Even if you have Trigger Assistant using Active Edge, you need gestures enabled.

A slightly more annoying part of the "new" Google Assistant's requirements on Pixel 4 is that you have a G Suite account on the device at all. Not only can the account not be the “primary” one, but it does to be signed in on the device at all. For those who have work or school accounts that need access to their emails on the go, this is going to be a very annoying requirement.


Update 10/19: Google tells Android Police that it is "actively working" on a fix for this G Suite issue. There is no timetable for when it will be patched up, but most glad to see Google is extending an olive branch to G Suite users. In the meantime, your company points to using a work profile on your device to access work / school accounts without disabling access to the new Assistant. Still a hurdle, but at least it makes it possible.


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