With the release of the BlackBerry KEY2 and BlackBerry KEY2 LE, BlackBerry Mobile added a new profile to the Convenience Key options which allows you to launch the Google Assistant quickly. Since that addition, I've found myself using Google Assistant more.

Google claims to have over 1 Million actions available to try through Assistant and while I only use a small amount of them compared to what's available, it's incredibly handy especially with the built-in Google Lens integration and how BlackBerry Mobile set it up to work.

How to assign Google Assistant to your Convenience Key

  • Tap on Settings
  • Tap on Shortcuts & gestures
  • Tap on Convenience Key
  • Make sure Convenience Key is enabled
  • Enable Google Assistant Profile

Once all that has been enabled, you will have several options to launch the Google Assistant with your Convenience Key:

  • Click to launch Assistant - Press to trigger Assistant, same as 'long press on home'.
  • Double click to quick access Lens - Double click to launch Google Lens, and find fun with Lens.
  • Walkie-Talkie - Long press and hold to launch the Google Assistant in Walkie-Talkie mode where mic auto-endpointing is turned off.

Some of my most requested Google Assistant actions are pretty simple. What's this song? What's the weather today? Set an alarm, show me my reminders. All pretty basic things, but Assistant taps into so many services, and works with other devices such as smart speakers, smart displays and more, that it's worth exploring how Google Assistant can be put to work for you. Do you use Google Assistant? If so, let me know in the comments what you use it for.