According to several reports that appeared on Reddit (here, here and here), it seems that a number of Pixel users are experiencing an annoying problem in using Google Assistant. When the Google Assistant is started, whether it is called up via a button, voice command or microphone icon in the search bar, the latter always opens the keyboard instead of starting the search via voice input, although the preference is correctly set in the dedicated settings on "voice".
Users who encounter the bug in question also see a purple key containing the letters TNG in the lower left corner of the assistant panel.
According to some, this would be a reference to Star Trek: The Next Generation and the way in which Google sometimes refers to future updates of existing products; therefore it is not clear if the whole issue is really a bug or a test by Big G for a future change to be made to its assistant, the fact that not all users encounter it could in fact also indicate that it is a function released during testing. We just have to wait to find out more.
Written by Matteo with love from Italy