Google has quietly removed the Unlock with Voice Match feature from its latest Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL phones, first reported by Piunikaweb . The feature, previously available to the last two Pixel devices, enabled users to unlock their phone’s Assistant features with an “OK Google” command. Google confirmed that the feature is no longer available on its support page, explaining: “On Pixel 3 phones, you can not unlock your phone by saying” Ok Google. “Instead, you can use Google Assistant on the lock screen.”
This is quite a big feature for losing to all Pixel owners who expected to see the feature transferred to Pixel 3. With the previous Pixel phones, users could call, send messages and access third-party apps via Google Assistant Voice Support without unlocking their phones. The Pixel 2s Assistant Settings dialog box has now been replaced with Pixel 3’s settings with the “Lock Screen Personal Results” button, which now reads “Use Voice Summary to access personal results such as email, calendar, contacts, and reminders when the phone is locked. “
) Got my Pixel 3. Super excited. Transferred data from my original Pixel. Tried to use “ok Google call mom”. Did not work. Did an hour of debugging on their own. Went through 2 hours of troubleshooting with your support team.
It’s not clear why Google removed the feature, but one theory may be that the Voice Match feature had some security flaws that could allow someone with a similar voice or voice recording to unlock the phones. Another reason may be that Google sees its new Pixel Stand, which allows you to use Google Assistant without having to unlock the phone when docked, as a better solution for hands-free access.