Last Updated: June 27th, 2014

Not only is Google announcing all sorts of stuff today, but it's also updating a slew of its apps (it is Update Wednesday, after all). Today's Google Search update brings a huge improvement: "OK Google" hotword detection to any screen... even the lockscreen. If you're plugged into a charger, the feature will even work with the display off. This lines up with the earlier rumor that it was coming eventually.

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Once enabled (Google Now > Settings > Voice > "Ok Google Detection"), you'll have to enable Audio History and say the words three time in order for Now to register your voice – much like setting up the hotword detection on the Moto X and recent Droid devices. After that, it works beautifully. You can also choose whether or not to have it work on the lockscreen.

It appears this feature is rolling out by account, not APK. While basically everyone on the AP team is already running the latest version, I'm the only one seeing hotword detection. So, be calm young panda, it'll get to you soon enough.

Update 6/26/14, per Google: "Ok Google from any screen will be rolling out on most Android devices running KitKat over the next week, and will initially be available in the US for English speakers."

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The APK is signed by Google and upgrades your existing app. The cryptographic signature guarantees that the file is safe to install and was not tampered with in any way. Rather than wait for Google to push this download to your devices, which can take days, download and install it just like any other APK.

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Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Matt McNair

    Fuck yeah!

  • Fabian Pineda

    Do you even siri, bro?

  • grizzlyjon83

    Keep in mind that this update breaks xposed GEL settings again.

    • Fabian Pineda

      What doesn't? :/

    • Doctor Awesome PhD

      I'm glad you gave me heads up on that - I have the Droid Maxx so xPosed GEL Settings wins over this feature that I basically already have.

      • grizzlyjon83

        Sucks that it breaks it, but this feature is the only thing I would make the trade for.

        • ajerman

          Yeah, I saw this after updating, but I agree. I'm going to install the dev preview tomorrow and start using ART anyway so it's time to get used to enormous icons for a little while.

    • Jason Pagliaro

      The developer made an update (available on xda) and it's working again.

    • Lee Kirkland

      There is an update for XGELs as long as you are on the newest version of GSearch which is posted here.

  • http://hanslowinc.x10.mx 4dwarehouse

    This is seriously cool!

  • shlk7

    Me likes. Thanks you.

  • miri

    Semi related: is hotword detection still broken on Moto X for anyone?

  • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

    But how about batteries in non-snap801 hardware?

  • whargharbl

    Zippyshare file links to Google Drive (com.google.android.apps.docs-, not Google Search

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      Removed for now.

  • Felipe Pimenta

    Lot's of new permissions, too. Even something related to Flashlight...

  • Js__

    Damn you guys are on a fucking roll!

  • JLishere

    Did anyone notice: with this update, there is a new 'beep' sound when you start or complete a Google voice search. The sound has less echo to it, it feels shorter and has a slight 'playful' tone to it. Am I the only one?

    • Aooga

      No, you're right.

    • Felipe Pimenta

      Noticed that too. Liked it.

    • asdf

      sounds really cool!

    • Frederico Silva

      And it works with the screen off! (while charging)

      • darkdude1

        Yay!! Can it work even while it's not charging?

        • Franco Rossel

          If you want 3 hours of battery time, sure.

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          • Dani

            Works from the lock screen, but not when the screen is off (Moto X).

          • arismelachroinos

            for me it works when screen is completely off... i didnt have the option to say ok google from everywhere so i found this https://plus.google.com/app/basic/stream/z12sczagllb1inism235gtbp1mb2j3qb204

          • http://www.google.com/profiles/MetalMessiah78 José Gómez

            This FINALLY worked for me! Thanks for posting!

          • SuperSam64

            I'm not sure that it would be that much of a battery drain. If it worked like the Moto X (meaning it's even listening when the screen is off) then sure, but from the way it sounds, if it's sitting on a desk and the screen is off it wouldn't be doing anything significantly differently than it already does. The amount of time you spend on your lock screen in a day probably totals up to less than 5 minutes, so that alone shouldn't heavily impact battery performance.

          • Franco Rossel

            In any phone other than the Moto X, having it always listening is a battery killer wake lock.
            The guy I replied to asked if he could use it like a Moto X.

          • SuperSam64

            Yay!! Can it work even while it's not charging?

            ...is quite different than asking if it works when the screen is off and it's not charging, the latter of which would be a much heavier battery drain.

          • Simon Belmont

            Moto X and phones with the Snapdragon 800 series SoCs. They both have low-power listening cores.

            Google is very likely to enable always listening for Snapdragon 800 equipped phones, soon enough. That's what was in an AP rumor from a few weeks ago (that rumor also mentioned the listening while charging with the screen off, which came true in this update).

          • Zach Mauch

            can you link to this rumor? I only ever saw their articles about always listening with the screen on. I never saw anything about using SoCs for low-power listening. It's what I'm dreaming for, but I haven't heard about it.

            Honestly, it wouldn't shock me at all if Google has been working it. From the trouble that OnePlus has had getting it to work on the One, I wouldn't be surprised if it has just taken Google this long (...and counting) to get it working.

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    • MHS

      The same as when they demoed Android Auto? I thought it was a mistake due to the way the sound was synced..

      • Jarrod Davis

        It is the same. I noticed the new sound as soon as they demo'd it. Funny story: I was asking some of the Android Auto guys at I/O about the new sound, and went to do a voice search (without knowing about this update) and almost leapt off the ground in excitement when I heard the new beep.

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    • halkun

      YEP! Very cute too :D

    • http://thedangerbrain.com/ Alfonso Surroca

      I noticed the new beep sound during the in-car demo. The new beep is definitely softer/friendlier. I like it!

    • Jon Olaivar

      Yes. But I can't say OK Google with the screen off, there's no option. HTC m8 Verizon

  • Tucker Mulcahy

    Bummer I was really excited until I saw that it is a per account roll out.

  • Brendan

    How will this affect battery life?

    • brkshr

      I don't think it will improve it...

    • campusten

      Well, the only time it's doing active listening when the screen is on or when it's charging, so there shouldn't be any more drain than before when the screen is off. I imagine there will be some more drain when the screen is on, though. I have no idea how much.

      • Simon Belmont

        It probably wouldn't add any extra battery drain when the screen is on. The main reason listening all the time drains a battery is because it prevents the CPU from going into deep sleep when the phone's screen is off and it's idle (that's why they have dedicated low-power cores that handle this in certain phones, so the main CPU can sleep)

        When the screen is already on, the CPU is already spooled up anyway (not in a deep sleep), so listening for an activation phrase isn't going to really add any extra cycles or deplete the battery any faster. Hope this makes sense.

  • Guest

    Not activated for my account yet, but this seems awesome! I'm wondering about the effect in battery life, though.

  • Tyrion Lannister

    Is the setting only available in android phones? I cannot find it in my Nexus 7

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      You didn't read the post, did you? :(

      • Tyrion Lannister

        Sorry. Missed that

    • Aooga

      It's rolling out by account. Bold text.

  • grizzlyjon83

    I also can't help but notice the option that says it works when the screen is in OR when the phone is charging. Does that mean the screen doesn't need to be on if it's charging (like with the KITT writeup)? Probably wishful thinking, but I thought the wording was interesting.

    • Aooga

      Yup. It works with the screen off if it's charging.

      • grizzlyjon83

        AWW YISS

        • Aooga

          I'm thinking in the car would be an amazing use for this. No more horrific oem voice commands.

          • grizzlyjon83

            Absolutely. This will kill my flirtation with the Moto X.

        • Simon Belmont

          Hoping they enable it to work even when it's not charging on the Nexus 5 (and other Snapdragon 800 series devices). The rumor AP put up a while ago said they will once they work out the battery.

          This is a great step in the right direction. Now we just need it to read back texts and notifications, and stuff you've dictated before sending.

  • Arthur

    Is anyone else having a hard time installing this? It's really odd, downloaded the APK, at the permissions page it won't allow me to click install.

    • Joe Betsill

      You have an overlay app running, like Lux. Turn it off.

      • Arthur

        Don't have Lux or anything like Lux running. I have Nova but I installed another APK today with no issues so not sure why I am getting one now with Search.

    • mfr118

      are you using echo? if so shut it off and try pressing the install button again.

  • Hayden Lewis


  • Guest

    It works with the screen off!!! (only while device is charging)

    • http://www.terrycameron.ca/ Terry Cameron

      Wait? Only when charging?

  • whispy_snippet

    Soooooo awesome!

    So how does it work on the lock screen? Does it simply allow for requests like “navigate me here” or “send a message to...” but return to the lock screen after the request is fulfilled?

    • Aooga

      Anyone that actually has it, comment?

    • Hayden Lewis

      I have this. I tried it, and once you ask it to navigate somewhere, it locks the screen, then unlocks and and starts navigating. It also works while the screen is off and charging.

  • abqnm

    Almost there on settings toggle by voice...

    "Turn off wifi" "wifi settings" (and similar) will open the wifi settings.
    "Turn on bluetooth" "bluetooth settings"(and similar) will open bluetooth settings
    "Put my phone on silent" "audio settings" (and similar) will open the sound settings.
    "Display brightness" "dim my screen" (and similar) open display settings.

    They don't toggle automatically, but you get one step closer just by voice. Could be a good thing for new users who might not know where to find things. No airplane mode or sync that I could find. Also doesn't seem to have a flashlight. Either way, still a step in the right direction for full voice control of quick settings.

    • Fabian Pineda

      This is old news.

  • Carlos Gustavo Piva

    Is this compatible with the Nexus 4?

    • BenjaminPratt

      Seems to be compatible with mine.

      • aman5mathur

        but mine doesnt

    • Ennis Glendon

      They enabled it for my account, it's working on my Nexus 7 (2013) but not my Nexus 4...

  • Daniel Traynor

    So, I am confused... is Android no longer named after deserts or is the name yet to be announced?

    Also what version is this? 4.5? 5.0???

    • shlk7

      It hasn't been announced. I suspect it'll get a name and version in the fall when it is released to the public. Currently it's only a preview and for developers.

      • Daniel Traynor

        Got it! Cheers!

      • Matthew Skalecki

        I suspect we'll learn the the major version number tomorrow when the preview image are installed. I'd be shocked if it isn't 5, given the dramatically updated design language. The minor number could easily see a bump from preview to release.

    • Franco Rossel

      We're al wondering the same thing.

  • Stephen Sagers

    Do you have to be running the GEL, or will it work if you are running something else?

  • Nick

    Might not be by account, you may just need play services 5.0.

    • Felipe Pimenta

      Nope. Installed the new Play Services before the new Google Search update and I don't have it.

      • Nick

        Then I guess I'm just lucky :)

        • Aooga

          I guess you are :)

          I'm waiting patiently. well, "patiently".

        • Felipe Pimenta

          Maybe. I think Google doesn't like me much, as i'm currently stuck with a 2 year old phone running 4.1.2, with both degrading battery and performance :/

          • https://plus.google.com/+MichaelBond codemonkey85

            Sounds more like you don't like yourself. You should upgrade. :-)

          • Felipe Pimenta

            Waiting for a O+O invite. Will take long, I know, but it is the highest end model you can get for such an amazingly low price. And, even though I plan on getting a DSLR soon, I want a camera that doesn't suck (*cough* Moto G *cough*)

  • philnolan3d

    Hmm i just installed it on my Note 3 but when I open it and look in settings I don't see any of these new "ok google" options.

    • shlk7

      "It appears this feature is rolling out by account, not APK. While basically everyone on the AP team is already running the latest version, I'm the only one seeing hotword detection. So, be calm young panda, it'll get to you soon enough."


    • AMarquez89

      Reading the whole article helps alot.
      Specially when some specific words are in BOLD

      • philnolan3d

        Learning how to spell especially helps too.

        • AMarquez89

          Oh snap, didn't know the orthography police was here.
          At least you were able to fully read my comment before replying.

          • Aooga


          • philnolan3d

            Well, avoid verbal attacks and the police won't have to come out.

          • itsmeagain

            you're an idiot

          • philnolan3d

            You would know.

          • Simon Belmont

            Haha. I bet you were just looking for an excuse to use the word orthography.

            I mean, there's only so many places that we can use that word, right? Nice usage, BTW.

  • AMarquez89

    My account has this enabled. Sweet!
    The lockscreen usage is a little weird though. If you tell it to navigate somewhere, ill open the maps. Then throw you back to the lockscreen, then to the map again, then back to the lockscreen (Stays here until unlocked, as expected).
    I understand it has to be unlocked, but its not very fluid. At least this is what my Nexus 5 did while using Sprint crappy signal.

    • Hayden Lewis

      Just tried this then. It locks then unlocks the screen and starts navigating.

      • AMarquez89

        Weird, ill try it when I have a WiFi connection then.
        Might be Sprint network taking too long, so it maybe times out or something.
        Thanks for the heads up though!

      • Simon Belmont

        Do you have a Nexus 5? Can you test the voice commands with the screen off without it charging?

        I'm hoping that Google is leveraging the low power listening cores in the N5. There's a chance they haven't turned that on yet.

  • Kevin Kuo

    This day just got sweeter!

  • derpalerp

    The option is showing up for me, but it's telling me "This feature is currently unavailable on this device." Luckily the Moto X already has touchless control, but I wanted to compare the 2.

    • miri

      Does Google Now's hotword detection work at all on your Moto X?

      • derpalerp

        Naw, just Moto's. I wish it would give an option to choose one or the other, but touchless control works well enough.

  • Ryan O’Neill

    How's the impact on battery life? I thought the whole reason Moto developed the X8 platform was to deliver hotword detection without murdering the battery?

    • Walkop

      With the screen off. When the screen is on, your SoC is already in a high power state (relative to Deep Sleep, anyway).

      • Simon Belmont

        Exactly, and well put. There shouldn't really be any added battery drain when the screen is on because the CPU is always above sleep state (spooled up).

        The low power cores in Snapdragon 800+ chips would take care of the battery drain with it off. We just have to wait for Google to enable that so it can listen all the time (even off the charger).

  • Meglivorn

    OK Google now make it work in other than English language settings (the commands can be still english I don't care just work)

  • Salil Chandra

    Will this work on snapdragon 600 devices too?

    • Simon Belmont

      I think it'll work on anything. It's only listening when the screen is on, not ALL the time (unless you're charging).

      Snapdragon 800 and up phones will probably get always listening mode (even with screen off) eventually. Or so AP rumored a few weeks ago.

  • Aenea

    Installed the update and hotword detection stopped working all together. It doesn't even work on the home screen now when using hotword, it responds to touch only. Voice search works well when I tap the icon to start search and than say the query, only "Ok Google" detection is broken. Hopefully it's an isolated issue, anyone else with problems?
    P. S. There is no option (grayed out) to uninstall updates for Google Search, any tips how to roll back to previous version? I'm on stock/non rootes version.

    • Aenea

      Some cache was cleaned and some reboots were done, but it finally started working. Cheers

      • enoch861

        How did you do it? Mine is still broken. Ok Google doesn't work at all and it doesn't let me finish the set up process for Ok Google everywhere.

        • Aenea

          I deleted cache and preformed force close for Google Search and Google Now Launcher. I also rebooted the phone afterwards (not sure which one helped) and than i regained "OK Google" detection on home screen.

          As far as new features are concerned, they are not enabled yet for me, and probably not for you either. We just have to wait a while longer.

          • enoch861

            Tried it. No dice.
            I do have the new option for 'From any screen' but when it tells me to say Ok Google 3 times, nothing happens.

          • enoch861

            I actually now get the error that says Can't reach Google at the moment.

  • Walter Black

    I love it!!!

  • Matt Sokolinski

    Don't have the option here in UK.... Am I missing something

    • bacardi

      Same in spain :/

    • andy_o

      You are missing the whole text below the headline.

  • Chris Graves

    I installed the apk but I do not see the new option :(

    • spacekobra

      It appears this feature is rolling out by account, not APK. While basically everyone on the AP team is already running the latest version, I'm the only one seeing hotword detection. So, be calm young panda, it'll get to you soon enough.

      Straight from the article.

  • Simon Belmont

    This is great. Has anyone tested to see if you can activate Google Search from the lockscreen using the action button of a BT headset yet (instead of the old voice dialer)?

    This looks like a stepping stone towards that KITT, and always on listening (even when the screen is is off) that AP rumored a few weeks ago. Low power core phones (Snappy 800) should be able to do it all the time, and all other phones when on a charger (Probably an L release feature).

  • Josh Crumley

    Wonder how long it'll take for someone to make an xposed module that enables it with screen off all the time.

    • Nick

      There goes my battery.

    • Aooga

      A better one would be to enable all accounts lol. I need this in my car.

  • Simon Belmont

    Summary of comments: "I installed it, but it doesn't work (because I didn't RTFA)."

    That is all. Thank you.

  • BarKa

    I tried everything after watching on other web. But as always AP are always the best. Explained the reason before anyone comes and ask.. Kudos!!

  • Ernie

    I don't have the option either, But I read why I don't!!!! :-D

  • usamaisawake

    With this at least I get a proper error message on my Moto X. (When the Moto X made the jump to 4.4.x, the "OK Google" hot detection stopped working so that you were forced to use Motorola's Touchless Control, but the Google Now app incorrectly showed itself to be active and working).

  • Ernie

    OK, I figured it out how to enable to the ppl that didn't read the whole top part of the article. 1. turn your phone of and on 10 complete times.

    2. Turn your wifi on and off 10 complete times.

    3. Turn your Bluetooth on and off 10 complete times

    4. Turn your airplane mode on and off 10 complete times

    5. Open and close your Play store 10 complete times

    6. Go into your voice options and enable "OK Google Detection, Check "From Google Search app.

    Good luck. Let me know if it works for you ;-)

    • Blendi Krasniqi

      Thank you, for wasting my time!!! /jk

    • BarKa

      is it an April fool?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      I wish I could upvote this 10 times.

    • Murtaza Samma

      Instructions not clear enough. My SMART phone became an iPhone now. Please help!!!

    • http://quarkmagazine.com/ C. Ryan Stemple

      10 times for each action. 5 complete sets of actions. 50 actions total. Android L = 5.0.

      Half Life 3 confirmed.

    • Simon Belmont

      You should have told them to factory reset 10 times. That would keep the people who didn't read the entire article busy.

      Less complaining would ensue. Happiness would set in.

  • gwhizkids

    Does this work on lock screens secured with a PIN or password, or just swipe lock screens?

    • Simon Belmont

      Hey. Works on secured screens and regular.

      Also works when your phone is asleep and on the charger. Hope this helps.

  • Salil Chandra

    "The Moto X and anything older than the Moto X not supported..."

    • gwhizkids

      Are you quoting something, or making an assumption?

      • Salil Chandra

        The help section says the Ok Google on every screen setting is not available for Moto X or Moto G, and other older Android devices.

        • gwhizkids

          It doesn't say ALL older Android devices though. And I'm not splitting hairs: they could have said any devices released before August 2013 or something like that, but they did not.

          • Salil Chandra


    • culby

      Well, it doesn't really need to work on the X, since "OK Google Now" works the same way.

      • Salil Chandra

        But still the Moto G and other older Android devices

      • Valdir Gomes

        I got my moto x saying only "ok, google"
        if you have an x, give it a try retraing it.

      • Josh Meade

        No, because it takes way longer on the moto x since it has to go through touch less control and then Google now

    • J_Pod

      What about the newly released Moto G 4g LTE? Does that count as the Moto G as well?

      • Salil Chandra


      • Simon Belmont

        Doubt it. When they say Moto G, I'm sure the LTE variant is under that umbrella, sadly.

        It's odd that it doesn't work for the Moto G or Moto E. Neither of them have the touchless controls like the Moto X, so there should be no conflict.

  • wickets

    this is brilliant....thanks for the apk's etc

  • Pootis Man

    Love the new tone!

  • gwhizkids

    Since there is a question about older devices, has anyone gotten this to work on pre-2013 devices? If so, which ones?

    • Simon Belmont

      Galaxy Nexus running CM11. 2012 N7 running stock Android 4.4.4.

      I haven't tested it on my wife's HTC One M7 on Android 4.4.2 yet. But I assume it'll work.

  • Benjamin S.

    Another US only feature, I guess.

  • Pedro

    No work on galaxy s4 :(

    • gwhizkids

      Which of these are you experiencing? The options are there but you get the "device not supported" message, or the options are not there at all?

      • patrick

        I have VZW Galaxy S4 and i just installed this update. I don't see the option for 'Any Screen' or 'Lock Screen' yet. Looks like it hasnt rolled out to my account yet. So basically this will work on any phone eventually, not just Nexus or Moto X phones? Also i have a password protect on my phone. Would the "ok google" 'Lock Screen' feature still work?

  • Stanley C.

    Next update: GNL for the L tomorrow release...

    • ddpacino

      what's different about the launcher?

  • Fouad Ballan

    Did anyone notice that the waiting time after each command has been decreased by almost half the usual time ?

    I love it that way much better .

  • Alexei Watson

    Hooray for 'the air dock'

    phone off 'OK google' in the car :)

  • Benjamin Pavel

    This is the update I wanted for so long! Able to launch Google Now from almost any screen like Moto X!!! <3 <3 <3

  • tcmean

    Tons of new permissions..

    • Taylor00

      It's Google, they know everything about you anyway.

  • Gaurav Arora

    Android Police, listen! You guy's were right about every damn thing...so you need to do the customary I-told-you-so dance 💃

  • Matthew DiGiacomo

    Did you guys notice the sound when Google search activates and deactivates was tweaked slightly?

  • Gitanshu Sardana

    I signed out of google now and signed back in and there it was. I tried calling ok google on lockscreen while charging and it worked. But didn't work the next time. SO i went to the settings and the option was not there. I repeated the above and there i had it for one more time. So everytime I repeat this, i get this feature for exactly 1 use. Weird.

    • Gabriel Moraes

      Couldn't reproduce this. But if you're serious, some settings file could be modded to allow this feature on any account

      • Gitanshu Sardana

        I am serious. I'll try taking a screen recording.

        • Gabriel Moraes

          nvm, I trust you. I'll take a look at some config files. They're substantially different from the previous version

          • Gitanshu Sardana

            http://imgur.com/a/ouN1o See the album, the images are in reverse order. Check for time on status bar and notice the navigation bar on 2nd image, its the lockscreen.

          • Gabriel Moraes

            I found some sort of "whitelist" link that wasn't on the previous version. Maybe yours doesn't get the list instantly, and allows you to use, until it updates.

          • Gitanshu Sardana

            Okay. So that's a server side switch.

          • Gabriel Moraes

            Yeah, unfortunately. But somehow you can get through it, momentarily.

          • Gitanshu Sardana

            Perks of slow internet :P
            Maybe try doing this on a 2g network and you might get it too.

          • Gitanshu Sardana

            I turned off the internet as soon as i logged in. Now I have this for the time I am offline. How ironical :P

          • Gabriel Moraes

            So it's server side, and it fallsback to "allowed" when it cannot reach the servers... Weird that I can't reproduce this here, even by turning internet off just after logging in.

          • Giovanni

            Try turning Audio History on and checking?

          • Gabriel Moraes

            Tried, tried even blacklisting the supposed "whitelist" from the internet, but no dice. I may be just plain wrong and fiddling in the wrong place.

            What's the language you're using, and where do you reside?

          • Gitanshu Sardana

            I am from India and I am using English (US) in Google Now.

      • Renato Moura

        Gabriel, no donuts for us foreigners.

    • Renato Moura

      Did you guys read the help files? Not sjpposed to work outside US... maybe a VPN (not exactly what I'm not willing to do as a permanent tweak)

    • Simon Belmont

      One note: you don't have to be charging for it to work on your lock screen.

      You only need to be charging for it to work with the screen off. Cheers.

  • WHO?

    Downloaded apk and no options available on Sprint Note 3 4.4

  • black

    Battery bla bla.... suck bla bla!

  • Rafter

    Works fine on my Nexus 4

  • Gabriel Moraes

    Found this on the configuration file (StartupSettings.bin)


    maybe that's why it doesn't work on Moto X?

    • Gabriel Moraes

      Also: !relationships_peopleapi_http_path4https://www.googleapis.com/plus/v2whitelisted/people

      Could it be the "VIP" checker? To see if your account is eligible for the feature?

  • Onil

    I downloaded the apk on my Xperia Z1 Compact and it just works fine but not on my Nexus 7 2012. It doesn't even show the settings for voice detection on any screen or lock screen. Wondering why.

  • Leandro Brandão

    Installed this apk and play services one and all options appeared, I even setup my voice 3 times. But is gone now, the option do not appear anymore.

  • Kabilesh Vijay

    the feature is not even available on my note 2
    anyway to fix this?

  • Dn Bro

    I'm running shiny rom on my gnex. I wonder if this is going to be something I can get on my phone. OK Google works on it.

    • Simon Belmont

      Any KitKat ROM should be able to use this. Your G'Nex shouldn't have a problem.

      I have CM11 on my G'Nex, but haven't gotten around to testing it yet with this. Hopefully soon.

  • Adrian Cervantes

    Not working on Verizon htc one m8. Does not show under OK Google now settings, just says within app. Edit didn't read entire article, apparently it's per account basis and not just apk.

  • Joseph

    I can't do that, plz help me

    • Spasillium


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      • Guest

        bitch ass bitch

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      • Cory S

        Just kill yourself

  • Marcus

    Probably won't work in Canada because we don't have audio history or whatever it was called before.

    • BenjaminPratt

      Works for me just fine

      • Alok Sharma

        Got it working automatically or had to do something?

  • Богдан Войко

    Does it works on Russian language ?

  • NinoBr0wn

    Will we ever get the ability for our own custom hotwords? I really don't like having to say Ok Google.

    • http://twitter.com/savagejeep SavageJeep

      Instead of “OK Google” you can use “Hey Google”, “OK Computer”, “OK Jarvis”, “OK Glass”, “Listen Google”, or “OK Chrome”....

      *** These use to all work. I haven't used them in a while. Not sure if they are any better.

  • Liquid Snake

    Did not work for me.

  • Zack Mills

    Any idea how this might effect something like Nova launcher which has Hotword detection? Should I turn it off?

  • benhum

    Doesn't seem to be by account. Your language needs to be US English, and audio history needs to be enabled.

  • Daniel Tuffs

    According to the help documents this is only available to English speaking US residents. Not surprised to hear that but seems rather word considering it had the ability to learn your voice .

  • shadez

    OK Google Detection option will show up if the Search language is changed to English (US).

  • thedarkrebel

    Still not available for English-India.

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  • Gian

    Ok, cool! But we want the hotword detection EVEN in italian!!!! :-|

  • Giovanni

    I got my options to show up by enabling Audio History - can people confirm this is working for them?

  • Kiefer Wickham

    Do I need to download all of them because it hasn't changed a thing yet

  • Ruben

    You can use “Ok Google” on any screen if you’re an English speaker in the United States.

  • FlyOnTheWall

    I'm on the Nexus 5 and when I install this I don't see the new options in settings, but I did get the new sounds that JLishere mentioned, so I assume I got the correct update. What am I doing wrong?

  • BenjaminPratt

    Odd, this seems works every where except in Chrome for me

    • Simon Belmont

      Chrome has voice input for websites/searches. I would surmise that's why.

      I would assume any app that can accept voice input, this would be disabled. I need to test it out when I get it, though.

      • BenjaminPratt

        That makes sense. I'd test it if I could think of any other apps with voice input

        • Simon Belmont

          Well, Chrome only has the voice input when the URL bar has the focus. Even then, you have to press the little microphone, so that could be why.

          I vaguely remember a few months ago when GEL (now called GNL) first came out that Chrome wasn't playing nice with it. Maybe it was a similar bug.

      • BenjaminPratt

        Actually, it just started working in Chrome. Odd

  • AnotherUser

    Guys, I found that in order to make this feature work in account must be enabled "Google Audio History":

    It's mentioned as requirement to anywhere hot-word detection in help article:

  • Rhut K Virani

    I am from India and i am not getting the audio history option only
    I am using the English (us)

    • aman5mathur

      hey im from india too and not getting the everywhere option checkbox

  • Magnus Thornberg

    I can't wait..

  • hzd

    Just installed it and it does not work any different than the last build.

    Can't get search via lock screennor any other apps

    • Malik

      Read the article... Reading is fundamental.

  • Serge Cebrian

    I dont understand why they dont make it available on different languajes... For the nexuses. Nexuss nexii (nexus plural whatever)

    In the moto X it just work perfectly in spanish..

    They shoulds make a list of available command in the available languaje

    Ahh one can only dream ...

  • shonangreg

    Motorola has dedicated hardware for this purpose. Without that, how will battery life be affected on the other phones?

    • efstajas

      every SD800+ device has too. Yet it's only reserved for OEMs and they mostly have been doing jack shit sadly.

      • Simon Belmont

        Oppo Find 7a and OnePlus One both use the low-power listening core. I think the Note 3 and SGS5 does, too, albeit for S-Voice.

        Google will enable activation at anytime for devices with those SoCs eventually. Just a matter of time (and patience).

    • SuperSam64

      That is true, the Moto X has special hardware specifically intended to enable "always listening" functionality without causing a battery drain issue. But this does not sound like "always listening", it sounds like "always listening when the screen is on", and there is a big difference between the two. Since, in most cases, the screen is off for a lot more time than it is on in a given day, it wouldn't be as much of a battery hog on a non-Moto X device as the Moto X functionality would be on the same device.

  • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B

    Ok, I'm seriously pissed that they blocked this from certain users.

    I've got everything set up correctly, I just don't have the option to enable it. Well, hopefully Google flips the switch for me at some point today.

    • gwhizkids

      If the article is correct, its not blocked, it just hasn't been rolled out yet. Consider a staged in app rollout.

      • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B

        I've got the new app installed, the Voice feature is just turned off to me because it hasn't been rolled out to me.

        • gwhizkids

          That's my point: its not blocked to you, they just haven't rolled out the functionality yet. Do you have the settings in the screenshots above that say "From any Screen" and "From Lockscreen" present but greyed out? On mine, they aren't even there yet.

          • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B

            Ah, I misread your previous post. An in-app staged roll out. Sucks, but it looks like that's what they're doing. Bastards ;)

          • gwhizkids

            Do you have the options, though, yet? I just have "From Google Search App" and nothing else.

          • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B

            Nothing yet.

          • gwhizkids

            Ah, ok. I was worried that my S3 might not get any of this, if others had the options but they just weren't usable yet.

  • Samantha Mclean

    Does this not work on Nexus 4? Installed it.... Reboot and nothing.... Looked in the settings and don't see the new changes.... Does it only work on stock launcher?

  • Rafter

    Has been working on my Nexus 4 ever since I installed it. However, I've been getting terrible battery life; slept with 94%, woke up with 71%.

  • coggy9

    You can force OK Google everywhere to be enabled. Enable debug/dogfood settings by using UnleashtheGoogle, found here. http://coggy.euroskank.com/APKs/UnleashTheGoogle.apk
    Force stop Google Search once UTG has ran, then go into search settings, then config flags. Enable both e300 toggles, add your country code(en-US for USA) in "speaker_id_supported_locales". Save the config by tapping save config settings at the bottom.

    • http://www.ubuntu-unleashed.com defcon

      thanks, confirmed working on my nexus 4/7

    • Joey Heck

      Your APK didn't work, but I found an xposed module that unlocked dogfood for me and followed your directions. Thanks.

      • Reeve D’Cunha

        What is the name of the module?

        • Joey Heck

          The Module is: Google Quick Search Box Debug [0.1]

    • aman5mathur

      can u help me after forse stopping step?
      where to go in search settings and configuring flags?

      • coggy9

        You need root. I can't remember if I added a message about that in UTG. If you have root and still don't see them in settings, try an xposed module like someone else did.

    • Shai Pal

      Thanks! it works!

    • Bionicman

      yup this worked for me as well VZW note 3. thanks a bunch!

    • intyleritrusted

      Thanks so much for this. This worked on a N4 running a recent cyanogenmod 4.4.4 nightly.

    • djstr0be

      thanks this worked like a charm! here's a video tutorial if anyone is having trouble https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0R1B-t_Wsf4

  • Brett Besa

    PLEASE everyone read the full article before complaining.

  • sax

    noone found it disturbing that google asks permission to record your voice and what you search for ? its a cool feature but no thanks

    • Michael

      They've already been recording your voice. This is to record a more personalized history of your voice to better understand and recognize you.

      "When Audio History is off, voice searches will be stored using anonymous identifiers and won’t be saved to your Audio History, even if you’re signed in to your Google Account."

    • Simon Belmont

      How else would it accept your voice commands? It needs that permission to accept your voice input.

      It's a pretty self-explanatory permission, IMO. But, to each his/her own.

  • grunge

    I think even for google drive v. 2 when you installed it with .apk, the UI just doesn't show up. I checked the version it's still showing correctly but new UI is missing. LOL!! 4.2.2.

  • mwolverine

    Has anyone else noticed the new app permissions? Saying turn off wifi or turn on airplane mode now opens those settings

    • Simon Belmont

      Yup. It's done that since at least the last update (possibly the one before it).

      What I want to see is for it to actually turn those settings on or off. Not just shove me to the settings screen for it.

      • mwolverine

        Thanks for the heads up, I must have missed that!

  • Guest

    Im not seeing this option on the galaxy s5 any ideas?

  • Mexnoob

    Crap, it doesnt work in spanish jet

  • Umesh Rajput

    I think it does not work on Samsung Galaxy S3

    • gwhizkids

      What does not work? The "From Any Screen" and "On Lockscreen" feature, or "Ok Google"? What version of Android are your running. Are you on a 1GB S3 (the "International Version") or the 2GB version?

      • Umesh Rajput

        I have an International Variant and it's running 4.3

        • Simon Belmont

          You need KitKat. Pretty sure about that.

          Shouldn't matter what ROM. As long as it's KitKat based.

  • Ray

    installed the apk but don't see the new setting for "OK Google Detection"

  • Michael Josh Villanueva

    I have two accounts. The second one has it enabled so I installed it and set it up. Didn't seem to want to work from other apps - is it just home screens and lock screen?

    Meanwhile, switched back to non-enabled account and then back again and lost the option for the account that had it. Weird.

  • gwhizkids

    Has anyone who didn't initially have the "From any screen" and "From the lockscreen" options had those rolled out to them since?

    • Guest

      It has for me... although the toggles were disabled until I followed Coggy9's advice

    • Cory S

      I had them, and it worked great...then they vanished right before trying to show it off to someone.

      I felt like this.

  • sim

    Nopes, don't see the options still...

  • http://musstashcashstash.tumblr.com salim marshall

    Wish I knew in advance this didnt work with the Moto G

  • Paulão

    Massa essa nova atualização do Google Now.

  • Josh Meade

    Yes but instead of taking you straight to Google now it takes you to fricken touch less control instead of Google now which makes it take much longer

  • letsplaay

    Oh my god nothing yet :(

  • Anthony Tyson

    I was just watching this video from TechnoBuffalo.

    Moto 360 Hands-On: http://youtu.be/t4pI08GAr2Q

    And when he says "OK google" the video stopped and my phone started listening for the command.

  • cr08

    Mine finally triggered about an hour ago on my Galaxy Nexus with a third party 4.4.4 ROM.

  • cupidstunt

    I'm trying to follow these instructions, sorry for the dumb question but please can someone explain the e300 toggles? I cant see what he is referring to

    "You can force OK Google everywhere to be enabled. Enable debug/dogfood settings by using UnleashtheGoogle, found here. http://coggy.euroskank.com/APK...
    stop Google Search once UTG has ran, then go into search settings, then
    config flags. Enable both e300 toggles, add your country code(en-US for
    USA) in "speaker_id_supported_locales". Save the config by tapping save
    config settings at the bottom."

  • cupidstunt

    My option is now showing, downloaded new apk on here and straight away my option was showing.

  • gwhizkids

    Ah, good. I'm glad to see it rolling out finally.

  • DanSan

    sideloaded the apk and the options werent there.

    I also noticed once i installed this version everytime i popped open my keyboard i got the Choose Input method notification icon in my notification bar. Using AOSP keyboard on CM 4.4.2 rom. uninstalled it and let the app update to the previous version, problem gone.

  • dreamLeaks

    The only reason it works while charging is so when your device is plugged into your CAR charger you can be completely hands free with your phone. Don't expect always listening like the moto x from Google anytime soon.☺

    • Simon Belmont

      Actually, the always listening like the Moto X is coming (even off charger). It's just that it will only work on phones with Snapdragon 800+ SoCs (like the Nexus 5 and today's flagships).

      Those SoCs contain the low-power listening core that's necessary to listen all the time without hurting the battery life. Can't wait.

  • letsplaay

    I've been checking the settings page about 50 times since Wednesday :( nothing yet.

  • Gabriel Seixas

    For those who didn't get the functionality yet, try cleaning the cache then data and force closing the app.

    • gwhizkids

      This solution is a bit painful, as it means I have to reset all my apps and widgets on the GEL. So, how sure are you this will work?

      • gwhizkids

        I'm inpatient...and it didn't work.

        • Cory S

          do you even titanium, bro?

          • gwhizkids

            I can't. Corporate phone.

      • Gabriel Seixas

        Well, it sure is, worked for me at least, but if you're so jelly about your widgets (you have reason) don't do this.

  • Jarrod Davis

    Unfortunately, Ok Google Everywhere doesn't seem to be using the voice model correctly. Both of my roommates are able to activate it from anywhere, and that's just not cool.

  • Owen Rahadiyan

    There is no options for it to listen in all screens and also in lock screen. Please help

    • gwhizkids

      Read the Android Police post all the way through. You will why this is, then.

      • Owen Rahadiyan

        I need to enable Audio History? Or do i need to wait?

        • gwhizkids

          I believe you will need to wait. I don't have it yet, either.

          • Owen Rahadiyan

            Ok thanks for the info :). And may i know what android phone you are using?

          • gwhizkids

            Tried to post earlier: unrooted Verizon S3.

          • Owen Rahadiyan

            Maybe we need a nexus or gpe phone i guess. Or phones like the moto x. Btw i use an unrooted Note 3.

          • Owen Rahadiyan

            Finally we got the update lol

  • Cory S

    Odd.. Mine was enabled and working fine on all my devices...then it just stopped from one moment to the next. The option is gone now under voice detection, but audio history is still there.

  • Torben Buck

    Why. not. Germany?
    "OK, Google" @ Homescreen is working and there is nearly no difference in the pronunciation...
    Because of the "I'm scared of the interne...google" people?

  • gwhizkids

    has anyone on an unrooted S3 gotten any or all of these options?

  • Justin

    Anyone seen this roll out yet? Still hasn't made its way to anyone I know.

    • gwhizkids

      A few people have posted here and some other places that it's rolled out to them. All anecdotal, though...

  • sirs2k

    Anybody had success on I9300 in Australia? I followed all instructions, I can see the voice record upload thing but options to enable "ok google" on lockscreen isn't showing up

  • wjrandon

    Argh, Google Y U NO enable this for me!

  • JJCommonSense

    I downloaded the apk but i dont have any option in my settings to allow listening on all screens. Am i missing something?

  • Justin

    Is this still even rolling out or are they pushing this back till later this summer like the multi voice search too??

    • gwhizkids

      Since they announced the delay in the translate thing and not here, I doubt it. I suspect their servers are pretty stressed right now with all the "L" rollouts and other app updates, etc...

  • Jon Olaivar

    Not working on HTC m8 Verizon

  • Matt

    Install the correct APK and make sure your language is English US - it is not available for any other languages atm.

  • Francois Roy

    Yet ANOTHER friggin US exclusive feature. :((

  • https://plus.google.com/+MichaelBond codemonkey85

    I can't believe this rolled out to my wife before it rolled out to me. Worse yet, I had it for a minute and then it disappeared. :-/

  • gwhizkids

    I sideloaded the original APK referred to above last week. Nothing happened. Today, I got the most recent version (v3.5.15.1254429arm) and still nothing. Sigh...

    Verizon Galaxy S3 on KitKat (stock)

  • Justin

    Just got the latest Google search 3.5.15 update from the play store and the newest Google play services, and still nothing on my Verizon Note 3 for system wide hotword. However, my lil ones OG Nexus 7 got the new search update too and I checked the settings and it is active on my daughters Nexus 7.

  • Alexei Watson

    The latest APK breaks voice searching in the car to some degree.. I sideloaded the apk, noticed this and rolled it back, which fixed it, and now it's updated itself and it's broken again.

    Previous behaviour would be: "OK Google" - phone mutes car radio showing as a call, then the start talking sound plays as expected, any response is delivered through the car speakers.

    New behaviour: Phone actions "OK Google" itself over the BT media channel, which means no audio is heard through the car, unless you have that channel on. If you have the radio on, the radio isn't muted, and the phone makes no noise.

    • EmmEff

      Same Issue here (Ford Sync not MFT)

  • Brandon

    I got it "working" once, I logged out and clicked on voice, the options were there, but whited out so it was unusable. I logged back in and they were gone, then I logged out again and couldn't reproduce it anymore.

  • Rhut K Virani

    Works flawlessly with the unleashed the google apk mod
    also someone complained that the training of specific voice is not accurate
    from what i can see i tried 4-5 videos from youtube playing "ok google" 15-20 times from different person and none activated my phone.
    I am from India so it may have a vast difference in tone still works great for me..

  • Dani Antonio Ona

    I just received this update, but I don't have the Listen on Any Screen. Strange :/

    • Giovanni

      try enabling Audio History in Settings?

      • Dani Antonio Ona

        No Audio History setting for me. :|

  • gwhizkids

    Strangest rollout I've ever seen...no functionality for many (most?), no announcements, etc...

  • Monkeybutler

    I finally have it with my main account. Galaxy s4 kitkat 4.4.2 stock on verizon. Had it before for a few minutes with another account and switched accounts and it was gone.

  • Justin

    I just got the OK Google hotword detection system wide and audio history enabled. Must be in full roll out as I'm always last in roll outs ☺

  • Clubber

    My wife's account seems to have audio history now. But not the hot word detection from anywhere.

    At least that's progress, I guess. Looks like others are starting to get it faster, so the roll out must be picking up steam.

  • WHO?

    The new Google search update broke bluetooth one button press to access google now. Now if you press your phone button on bluetooth it reverts back to the old google voice dial that really sucks. Only way to fix this issue and access google now from bluetooth is to go back to a older version of Google search.

    • Drago

      Seriously? Ugh.

      I was hoping this would actually make activating Google Search via the Bluetooth action button work when the screen was off. Instead of getting that old voice dialer because it never did for me before.

    • Clubber

      Works great for me with my Bluetooth headset. I have a Nexus 5 and LG Tone headset.

      Maybe try reconfiguring your Bluetooth connection? I'm on Google Search 3.5.

      • WHO?

        For me I have Note 3. 3.5.14-15 broke bluetooth google now. If I go back to previous versions everything works fine.

  • Clubber

    Just got OK Google everywhere on my devices. My wife has it on hers, too.

    Looks like it's rolling out in earnest, now. Google said a week, and I guess they were right.

  • Drago

    Ugh. Google Search 3.5 broke the ability to activate it via the Bluetooth action button even when the screen is on.

    Now all you get is the voice dialer. And here I was hoping this update would let me invoke Google Search from my Bluetooth headset even when the screen was off. Fix it, Google. Please.

  • dayphx

    Doesn't work with the screen off & plugged in on my HTC 1M8. Anyone else? Works fine everywhere else.

  • René Simonsen

    btw: The feature is only available if you select English (US) as the language for Google Now. I had it on English (UK), and was unable to enable the feature because the language wasn't supported.

  • Justin

    Anyone know what's new in the Google search 3.5.16 update that just got updated for me via the Google play store?

  • Chris

    Whenever I use okay Google, it force closes before it does me any results

    • Chris


  • Mathew

    I am not able to install it from the attachment. I get an error - "app not installed"!!! A quick search in Google showed that it is because of application being not signed. But from your instructions it is already signed.!!!