Jun 06 AT 1:26 PM Dima Aryeh 17 Comments

Action Launcher beta updated with ‘OK Google’ hotword and more

Action Launcher

It looks like Nova Launcher isn’t alone in its new “OK Google” hotword detection! Chris Lacy, developer of apps like as Action Launcher and Link Bubble, has announced that the latest beta of Action Launcher includes in this much-requested feature and much more.

Action Launcher 2.1 changelog

With this update, you’ll be getting the “OK Google” hotword, which requires Android 4.4 KitKat (that isn’t the case with Nova Launcher). Another new feature allows the user to double-tap an empty space on the home screen to turn off the display, sort of a like a reverse LG KnockOn. And of course, there are also many bug fixes and other smaller features.

If you want to give the beta a try, hit the source link for instructions on how to enter the beta. If you’re already part of the beta program, just head to the Play Store and update the app! Give the new features a shot and tell us how you like them. Do you actually use the “OK Google” hotword detection on the homescreen? Leave a comment!



Source: +Chris Lacy

Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things car and tech. His time is split between gaming and fixing his racecar. He also does photography in his spare time.

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  • Steven Brady

    There’s an Xposed module that enables ‘OK, Google’, except you can set it to work in any program, not just your launcher. I have it set to also work in my car mode and Google Maps. Definitely worth a looksee.

    • http://www.androidandme.com Dima Aryeh

      That’s awesome! I wonder how much battery it drains. I know that the hotword detection uses a low-power listening mode integrated into new Qualcomm chips, but having it on even more than usual is sure to have some sort of impact on battery life. Also, many people are not rooted (sadly, I can’t root my devices because they’re all locked down).

    • Ryan

      Do you know the name of the Exposed Module that allows for that?

      • http://www.androidandme.com Brooks Barnard

        “OK Google for 3rd party launchers”

  • http://www.androidandme.com Brooks Barnard

    My favorite part of the update is the ability to toggle the cover/shutter indicator. Makes for a much cleaner home screen. Really stoked on the update.

    • http://www.androidandme.com Dima Aryeh

      So now OffCorner looks good for ya?

      • http://www.androidandme.com Brooks Barnard

        Yup. And it just looks cleaner in general. I heart action launcher.

  • Johnny Cash

    What the clock widget on the right?

    • http://www.androidandme.com Brooks Barnard

      Both the clocks in the above images are Zooper by Beard.

      • Johnny Cash

        Thanks! :-D

  • jamal adam

    I haven’t been using the “Ok Google” hotword but now that it works on the homescreen, I know I’ll be using it more and more and it’s also more convenient than have to go to Google Now to use it. Also, I hear he is planing to add unread count in future beta.

  • julian king

    Anyone know clock that is on the right?

  • Mohak

    Hey Brooks! Wassup
    I wanna know that I saw that pic many times but idk which launcher is that

    The first photo on the top which has a small 3X3 grid and shows 10:12pm
    Help me out!

    • http://www.androidandme.com Brooks Barnard

      Action Launcher. Follow the links on the post.

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  • jake

    What is the icon pack on the left?

  • chrlfx

    Sorry how do I get this BETA version? Anyone?