By TechRadars’ own Jason Pappas, Google Assistant’s synonym function has been a thorn in the side of users.
While Google has added an additional search option for Assistant users to disable, it has not done so to remove the functionality.
A new beta release of Assistant synonyms for Android, as well as for the Google Assistant mobile app, also removed the option to disable synonyms.
As a result, if you’ve got Google Assistant enabled on your phone, you will no longer see a “Search Google Assistant” button in the Assistant settings.
If you use the Assistant on a tablet or laptop, you’ll still see the “Search Search Assistant” link, but it won’t appear on your device.
While Google has confirmed that the new synonym feature is available to Assistant users who enable the feature in the Settings app, it’s not clear how it will work for people who don’t enable it.
Google Assistant synoders can be found at https://www.google.com/p/assistantsynoders/ and https://help.google/google-assistant/answer/92283?hl=en.
Google has also confirmed that synonyms will not be removed in future releases of Assistant, but Assistant users are encouraged to keep synonyms enabled for their phones and tablets.
Google may also remove synonyms in future versions of the Assistant, however, Google says that it has no plans to do so.