As reported by 9to5Google, the Assistant light bar immediately disappears after responding to a question or executing a command. This means you have to say the “Hey Google” hotword again to get the assistant to listen to you. Affected Pixel users report that rebooting their device or turning the feature on/off from the Google app settings menu did not help resolve the issue. Even updating to the latest version of the Google app from the Play Store was in vain. This likely points to the problem being caused by a server-side glitch from Google. The issue seems to affect all compatible Pixel devices, including the Pixel 6 and Pixel.
Because you don’t have to say “Hey Google” before every contact, using Continued Conversation with Google Assistant seems more natural. You may ask Assistant a question, and once it responds, you can ask another inquiry without repeating the hotword as long as the microphone is open for around eight seconds. The entire encounter becomes much more conversational and less artificial as a result. However, Pixel owners are reporting that the feature has been broken for well over a week.
Continued Conversation is available on all supported Pixels and Assistant-powered speakers and smart displays. However, the feature is only broken on phones, as it works on other smart speakers and displays. Now that the issue is getting some media attention, Google should roll out a fix sooner than later. The lack of Continued Conversation will make interacting with Assistant a lot more frustrating on your Pixel, but on the positive side, the bug is at least not as bad as the one that led the Pixel 6 to auto-dial random contacts, an issue which Google recently fixed. Perhaps that same update has inadvertently broken Continued Conversation?