Sometimes Android fans outside of the US feel a bit left out by Google. Not without good reason (and not without telling us and everyone else about it) - Google tends to focus on America for major products and features and expand them to the rest of the world at their leisure. Well Android users down under can now use the voice activation in Google Search and Google Now, or at least use it with a little more ease. Australian-accented English is now officially supported for the "OK Google" command.

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A reader tipped us that the "English (Australia)" option appeared in the settings menu today, but we really can't say when Google enabled it. Presumably they flipped some kind of remote software switch, which happens a lot with the Google Search app's capabilities. Australian English wasn't part of the changelog for the Search update last week, which explicitly stated that French and German had been added.

I'll spare you jokes about accents and emus. Enjoy the new "OK Google" function, Aussies.

Thanks, Alexei Watson!

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • Matt

    "Oy, Google. Which way does the water go in your toilet?"

    • Willie D

      Australians dont really use the term Oy, thats more British, and they dont say "toilet" they say "dunny".

      • Matt

        What about the sporting chant, "Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi"? Also, I thought "oi" was pretty common throughout the Commonwealth (apart from Canadians). I know quite a few South Africans who use the term occasionally as well.

        • http://www.modminecraft.com/ Nick Coad

          Oy is very commonly said in Australia, Willie D is confused.

          • whispy_snippet

            ...are you from Queensland by any chance?

          • http://www.modminecraft.com/ Nick Coad

            Nah - why do you ask?

          • whispy_snippet

            Because I don't know of anyone that regularly uses "oi" and figured it might be a QLD thing seeing Queenslanders tend to be the most colloquial of all Australians (sweeping generalisation I know)!

          • Joshua Hill

            A lot of Australian's I know, myself included find it rude if the word 'oi' is directed at us. Unfortunately it is all too common in Australia.

        • whispy_snippet

          The sporting chant is pretty much the main exception. Generally "oi" is pretty uncommon here in Australia.

      • Rob Byrnes

        Only bogans use the dunny.

      • Alexei Watson

        I thought you were going to say that Aussies don't use toilets...

      • http://rayshq.com/ Ray

        I don't think I've ever said dunny. I refer to it as the shitter. ;)

      • whispy_snippet

        We say toilet. Dunny is definitely an 80s bogan term.

        • http://www.modminecraft.com/ Nick Coad

          Well a dunny specifically refers to an outhouse, so it makes sense that you don't hear it anymore :P

      • Joshua Hill

        I remember being into Myst, the game and books, when I was younger. The realm Myst is set in is called D'ni. I always used to pronounce it 'de-ny' but when I got a talking book version I was shocked and amused to hear the narrator pronounce it 'dunny'.

  • Zargh

    G'Day Google.

  • http://youtube.com/user/CurelessSyn CurelessSynergy

    Not enough use of the words "mate" and "c*nt" for it to be Australian.

    • http://www.modminecraft.com/ Nick Coad


      • Lisandro O Oocks

        You cunt spell out "c*nt" or you'll get banned.

  • Ramiro Fernandez

    Strange, I changed my language back to English (Australia) from English (UK) and the hotword detection option disappeared, and my mic went back to the outline shape.

    Is it turned on for everybody?

    • Alexei Watson

      Maybe it's dependent on latest google search and play services?

  • Sandy

    G'day Google

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  • ᕙ(⇀‸↼‶)ᕗ

    Spiffy mate

  • Willie D

    Like Australians cant say "Ok Google" or something?

    • http://www.gundamaustralia.com/ cameron charles

      we automatically append mate to everything mate, also it fine tunes the listening algorithm for our accent mate

    • http://thegumshoe.com/ Michael Crider

      Australian English has a greater emphasis on the long "a" syllable. For this command specifically, it really does make a difference.

    • http://scratch99.com/ Stephen Cronin

      Hey I had to say "Whopper" 6 times at a Burger King in the US before they could understand what I was saying. I had to do a fake US accent in the end..

      • Blake Forehand

        I would LOVE to hear what a fake US accent sounds like!

  • http://www.gundamaustralia.com/ cameron charles

    i asked this elsewhere too but changing this setting wont have us suddenly drop certain now features only available to the US will it? p.s im not actually sure if many features are locked to the US only anymore

  • http://www.gundamaustralia.com/ cameron charles

    ps. the keyboard still has no Australian setting in case anyone was wondering

  • Peter

    Not working. Had my language already set to English-australian and the hot word option was there but didn't work. Changed language to US and it worked. Changed back to Aussie and the hot word option dissapeared.

  • GoogleIt

    Jump Kangaroo, jump!

  • sfd

    This is an excellent example of Google screwing foreign users. Is it so difficult to enable all languages to understand "OK Google"?? Surely, there is no good excuse for not enabling it in all variants of English at least?

  • Sergio

    Is it really that hard to code to let users change "Ok Google" by their own hot word in just every language?

  • Drifter2410

    When will this be enabled for English India? We guys (the educated ones atleast) don't speak it that bad, that Google Now won't detect Ok Google in our accent. This is nothing but lazy of Google. :/

    • Owen Finn

      You typed that "bad".

      • Drifter2410

        Excuse me? I'm a blogger since the last 3 years and have also been featured by Penguin India. So let us not talk about my language rather your etiquettes would make a good discussion.

        • Blake Forehand

          I hate to agree with a dick but he's right. A much more correct version would be:

          When will this be enabled for an Indian accent? We (the educated ones at least) speak it pretty well, but Google Now won't detect "OK Google" in our accent. This is nothing short of lazy on Google's end.

          • Drifter2410

            I never realised we were basically judging English levels from blog post comments. I know the correct use of English. I write articles too but what I don't get it why do I need to use the most perfect form on a place where language doesn't matter. Why does everyone out there seem to point out something that has no value anyway, nobody uses pure English on comments. I'm done. Won't be replying anymore. Thank you for ruining AP for me. :/

            Google prefers to call the Indian Accent as English India, not my fault. Also, your statement and my statement have different meanings because of your use of 'but'.

            People expecting formal English in a comment on a site that has nothing to do with English just because I'm an Indian, I guess. Yippee!

          • Blake Forehand

            This must be your first day on the internet; welcome! If you get this offended by people correcting your grammar you might want to consider disconnecting your internet.

          • Drifter2410

            I'm offended because you guys don't seem to be correcting anyone else except me. While I can surely see comments with much more stupid language use than me.

          • Owen Finn

            I thought you weren't replying any more? Your usage of English in that original post demonstrated the laziness you accused Google of demonstrating by not working on an Indian-accented English version.

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  • Itaré

    Missing Brazil's portuguese.

  • Chahk Noir

    "'Ay mate! Throw a shrimp on a barbie!"

  • Mikeb3ll

    Okay Geegle!

  • n0th1ng_r3al

    Aww kay Gewgle