Jun 26 AT 3:45 PM Dima Aryeh 7 Comments

Google Now updated with system-wide hotword detection


The Google Search app, better known as Google Now on devices with Jelly Bean and up, is getting a huge update. After the update, the Google Search app will be able to listen for the “OK Google” hotword throughout the entire phone instead of just in the app, the Google Now Launcher or the few third party launchers that also include hotword support.

This is a huge change. The only time system-wide hotword detection has been available is on the Moto X, which used a special chip to do it. Unlike with the Moto X, this update won’t add the ability to wake the phone with your voice; your display has to be on. But Google is probably taking advantage of the existing chip in Qualcomm processors for this purpose.

The update may take a good while to roll out to you. In classic Google fashion, it may be a week or two. But check for updates often, as you may get it much sooner than that. Enable the feature in the app settings. Also, check out Audio History, a new feature that lets the app learn the sound of your voice. Tell us when you get it!


Via: Android Central

Dima Aryeh is 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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  • Wade

    Not so, Droid Maxx and Ultra and mini has system wide hot word recognition as well. Granted still Motorola phones, but different phones no less.

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

      Very true, slipped my mind. Thanks!

  • Vance

    Blurg! Stop giving me all these awesome “coming soon updates” or I’m going to crawl out of my skin with anticipation. Patience is not my thing.

  • Rafael A Breban

    I have the update but I can’t see the option, is this country related???

    • russieb

      I believe it is only available when using US english.

  • Jason Stoddard

    Do a search for the Google now apk. Your can run it on most phones and it will let you set the Google launcher as you main theme wich gives you this functionality.

  • Justin V

    Just got the OK Google hotword detection system wide and audio history enabled.