I think this is a day we’ve all been anticipating for a long time. With the Nexus 5, Google released the Google Experience Launcher, which allows you to reach Google Now with just a swipe to the right. It also allows you to say “OK Google” at the launcher and start speaking to Google Now without needing to go into Google Now or touch the search bar. They’re great features that were exclusive to the Nexus 5.
The launcher has since been renamed the Google Now Launcher and released for all Nexus devices, but what about the rest of us? We can sideload the launcher, but we lose all of our customizations. Nova Launcher has come to the rescue, added the “OK Google” hotword detection with its the latest update and enabling feature on many recent devices.
For the “OK Google” hotword to work, your device needs to meet a few requirements. First, it needs to be on Jelly Bean 4.1 or newer, since you’ll need Google Now for this. You’ll also need a processor that has low-power active listening support, like the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 or newer. Some other devices work as well, but you’ll need to test this out.
Hit the widget to download Nova Launcher. Give this new feature a shot; maybe it’ll pull you away from Google Now Launcher!