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Jul
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Update: Looks like German and French have been live for a while now, though most of the other languages are pretty new. Again, if you're not seeing this feature yet, it's rolling out, so it may be days or even weeks before it's fully available.

If you're suddenly noticing that Google Now is telling you that you can activate it using the "OK Google" command, good news: you [probably] aren't going insane. We've received multiple tips that the previously US-only, then US, Canada, and UK only, feature is rolling out to a wider number of linguistic locales. Some of these have been in testing for weeks or months, so if this isn't news to you, you were probably one of the lucky ones. You can see the complete list of supported languages below.

  • German
  • English (now supports all accents / dialects)
  • Spanish (Spain and Mexico only)
  • French
  • Italian
  • Portuguese (Brazilian only)
  • Russian
  • Korean
  • Japanese

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You may need to be running the most recent update to the Android Google Search app (3.5) in order for this feature to activate, so if it hasn't rolled out to you, you can download the APK right here. You'll also need to make sure it's enabled in Google Now's settings, which you can find under the voice area of the primary app settings. The feature appears to be rolling out gradually, like all things Google, so be patient if you're not seeing it just yet.

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Andy Shokry

    I still don't have "Ok Google" everywhere!!!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Neither do I. :

      • Alex Styl

        It's a "selected users" feature. Don't expect to ever get it if it doesn't turn out to be "worthy enough" for the masses :P

        • Andy Shokry

          I had it when I installed L Preview, but when I reflashed 4.4.4, It was gone.

          • Brad

            I haven't had it in any of that... still running L

          • Guest

            Comments can't be blank - stupid policy.

          • makapav

            Comments can't be blank - stupid policy.

            You have already made this comment.
            Yeah but I also deleted it right after a-hole!

          • imaguest

            same here

          • imaguest

            same here*

          • Random Tree Lizard

            Just got mine on L, probably by chance. Uninstalled search updates back to factory, rebooted, installed via play store and was finally there

          • Anthony Castanza

            Try using the Okay Google command once after enabling all the "everywere" features. Do the features disappear for you after as well?
            Mine keeps the audio history toggle but the Everywhere and Lockscreen checkboxes vanish after one use on L.

          • Puneet

            I tried clearing data but then audio history toggle also vanished. Then I Uninstalled the app and again updated but no luck.

          • Anthony Castanza

            Yep, exactly what happens to me on L preview. I can usually get it to show up again after clearing Google Search Data 6-12 times, but then it vanishes again after one use, makes me think that the preview build is causing some flag to get set that shuts it off.

          • Puneet

            I don't think so, L has nothing to do with this, I'm on stock 4.4.4. I think the app vanishes the option for them whose Google accounts are not yet eligible for this feature.

          • Felix A.

            Thanks, that worked for me as well.

        • Drago

          It's just rolling out in stages: http://insidesearch.blogspot.com/2014/06/ok-google-from-any-screen.html

          Everyone will have it sooner or later. Hopefully sooner.

        • MikeOxlong

          It's not even selected users. Its selected devices. Its available on my nexus 7 v2, but not on my nexus 5. Go figure.

      • asdf

        I also dont have it.

        • Tiuri Elvander

          Nor me :(

          • Gator352

            Nor me. I got the update to 3.5.15 and the option is NOT available.

          • shaunajdavidson

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      • HolyFreakingCrap

        It showed up on my 2012 N7 early this morning, still nothing on my N4 though. I am in the Google Beta Testers group also so I am guessing the roll out is device specific and does not depend on account.

    • xHabeasCorpusx

      I don't either and I am running 3.5.15

      • RajivSK

        Was gonna say the same. I've got an update to 3.5.15 a couple of days ago. Apart from that, I don't really understand this whole language thing. Why not let me use the english hotword with another language as an option?

        • h4rr4r

          Why not let me use multiple languages at once all the time?
          I know I am not the only human on earth who needs multiple language dictionary, this should be no different.

    • Deeco

      Roll out feature. :(

    • http://www.facebook.com/morrissex Javier Cárdenas

      I guess the hotword being spoken everywhere works only on Moto X. In my Moto G, it recognizes the hotword when Google Now is open, but not outside the app.

      • Ygor Vaz

        Google Now can always listen as long as the display is on (even on the lockscreen if it's set to do so) or even with the display off as long as the device is charging, but this freature hasn't rolled to everybody yet

        • http://www.facebook.com/morrissex Javier Cárdenas

          Cool. That is what I've been looking forward to. Thanks for the heads up.

    • Leeroy Jenkins

      I do =)

      • Justin

        What version of Google play services and Google search do you have? Do anything special to get it?

    • Justin

      Same here, still no "OK Google" everywhere.... Thought this was supposed to roll out "within the week", last week, as this feature was reported last Wednesday coming with Google search 3.5.14, how come more people don't have it? I know if you're rooted you can force it, but I don't want to do that. I've got Google search 3.5.15 from the play store and the newest Google play services, on a Verizon Galaxy Note 3. My daughters OG Nexus 7 did get it yesterday though.

      • andy_o

        They said over the next week, so it should be this week.

        • pfmiller

          Since some people got it last Wednesday, it's reasonable to assume the next week meant the next 7 days starting on that day. But who knows, Google does whatever they want with updates.

          • andy_o

            Holy crap, I just got it (and I'd checked right before I posted the comment above earlier today).

    • guest

      I know! And one tried everything under the sun to try and force it...

    • Parturolo

      I have it and I disabled it. Can't use the microphone at all since the Search app is always using it instead. Kind of makes using WhatsApp complicated :/

    • dragnus

      You can use an app to unlock it. Unleashthegoogle

      • brkshr

        Doesn't work on L Preview

      • guest

        Tried it, I have an audio history toggle now but still no OK everywhere...

    • Sir_Brizz

      Nope, don't have it. 3.5.15

    • http://twitter.com/jcunwired Jody Carbone

      Me neither. I can't use it offline, I can't use it to instruct an app to perform an action for me via the same voice command. :)

    • Nathan

      Use UnleashTheGoogle.

    • Andy Shokry

      Just checked and it's finally here!

  • Guest

    I have 3.5.15. No go.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      For what language? To be clear, this is NOT about OK Google Everywhere. Merely the hotword going live in new languages.

      • Matsilagi

        I have 3.5.15 and no support for Brazilian Portuguese

        • http://www.twitter.com/italofigueired Italo F.

          Está saindo bem devagar, apenas alguns usuários já receberam.

          • Mateus Eduardo

            Estou com a 3.5.15 e está funcionando em pt-br sim! =)

          • http://www.twitter.com/italofigueired Italo F.

            Pois é... Muitos na internet relatam terem recebido, mas ninguém que eu conheço recebeu. E muitos dos que receberam foi hoje cedo, o que indica a provável existência dessas etapas de aumento do alcance da nova função. Tanto que alguns outros afirmam terem recebido dias atrás.

    • Guest

      same, the language on my phone is english but I live in Brazil, I should've got this already :/

  • remister

    English (now supports all accents / dialects)

    G'day Mate, OK Sport, Come on Laddie -- Nope not yet it seems

  • veRdiKt

    WORKS AWESOME!!! THANKS!!!!!

  • dsignori

    Nope. US 3.5.15 installed. Not working

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Edit: it appears to be rolling out in stages, so you probably just don't have it yet.

      • dsignori

        English US language. I see what you are saying now, though the article might lead to confusion: "If you're suddenly noticing that Google Now is telling you that you can activate it using the "OK Google" command...". I did mistake that for "activate it from any screen" I suppose.

        I guess they are taking their time rolling that part out still. Thanks.

  • Eduardo Mateos

    For those of you that have not the option yet, try to set a reminder. Many people I know got it to work after setting it.

    By the way, it doesn't say "say OK Google" or whatever in the search bar.

  • Roberto Ingrosso

    I updated Google Search yesterday, but still no "Ok Google". A friend of mine does have it... Does anyone know if this is still server activated even having the latest Google Search? (Stock N5, GEL launcher)

    • xHabeasCorpusx

      You must have your Google Search language set to US English and be rooted.

      Enable debug/dogfood settings using the UnleashtheGoogle app, found here: http://coggy.euroskank.com/APKs/UnleashTheGoogle.apk

      Force stop Google Search. Run Unleash the Google. Go into search settings. Config flags. Enable both e300 toggles, add the country code(en-US) in "speaker_id_supported_locales".

      Save the config by tapping save config settings at the bottom.

      • INPALA

        Worked man you are awesome!

      • pookietookie

        Worked for me too. But now how do I get Search out of debug/dogfood mode?

      • ynksbsbll2

        Worked here, thanks a lot

      • me

        Still won't work, I enabled Audio history, a window opened, I hit Agree and still not showing up...

    • Justin

      Still haven't gotten access to it either

      • Roberto Ingrosso

        As another user pointed out, enabling Google Now and setting a vocal reminder just enables "Ok Google"... weird but neat! :D

        • pfmiller

          Didn't work for me

  • Thor

    English (India) too.

    EDIT: Nvm, didn't notice it's mentioned.

  • sergejsbabikovs

    OK, Google, split Google Now input language and system locale. I'd like to use my phone with settings in English, but command Google and use Now in Russian.

  • http://www.twitter.com/italofigueired Italo F.

    Finalmente! But it appears to be slow rolling out.

  • Ghisy

    Still nothing here (latest apk 3.5.15 and English US) on my Nexus 5 :(

    Edit: nevermind, I was talking about the Google everywhere feature.

    • Clubber

      Yeah. Same here.

      OK Google everywhere doesn't work for me yet. Hopefully soon.

  • sumish

    Yeah...its working perfectly for English India...

  • Guest

    The german version works since a few month. Or what did this news say?

    • Ibrahim Yusuf

      it worked for me like 6 months ago

  • http://www.facebook.com/morrissex Javier Cárdenas

    Working on my Moto G (4.4.3). It recognizes the hotword when Google Now is open, but not
    outside the app.

    I am using Spanish (Spain) by the way.

  • DannyBiker

    I don't get it, I was able to do this in French (Belgium) for a few months now. Was I part of a beta without knowing it?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      I wouldn't call it a beta. Google does long-term tests of features before wide rollouts. We got a surge of tips the day the new version of Search went live, so it seems like Google is upping the availability of the feature at this time.

  • Manuel

    Spanish méxico.

    • Kevin

      How do you say "Ok" in Spanish? :p

      • imaguest

        Just the same as in english.

      • Manuel

        Same way

  • Zeq

    I was so happy for a minute when I read "Spanish" in the title. Then I noticed it is only for Spain and Mexico.
    I need this in Argentina!!!

  • Henrique Persechini

    Brazilian portuguese live!

  • neo905

    Anyone in Canada get this working? I just got the 3.5.15 yesterday but still no sign of it.

    • insinaty

      Also got the update on Galaxy S5, and don't see the related options in the settings. On the other hand, Galaxy Tab 4 got the update too, and does show the options.

  • Reyes Cedeño

    This works with Google Experience Launcher or the latest version of Nova Launcher. Working here with Nova and spanish from Spain.

  • Dee Norbert

    Romanian,Hungarian?WTF Google :(

  • Clubber

    Slightly off topic but I still can't use OK Google everywhere. I have the updated Google Play Services and Google Search.

    I know it is being rolled out to users, but they sure are taking their time. Hope I can use it soon.

    • http://www.twitter.com/italofigueired Italo F.

      "Ok Google Everywhere" is something like a "beta", I think. Just some people received that.

    • Justin

      Taking their sweet sweet sweet time.... Still don't have it here either, with the latest updates to search and to play services

    • Joe Betsill

      If you're rooted there's an app called "UnleashTheGoogle" floating around that puts Google Search into Dogfood/Debug mode and the Ok Google everywhere becomes enabled. (Plus a bunch of new settings that I have no idea what they do.)

      • brkshr

        Doesn't work on the L Preview release

        • MikeOxlong

          Yes, it does.

          • brkshr

            Was there an update in the last couple of hours? I tried a couple hours ago on my N5 & N7, even though the dev specifically states that it doesn't work on L...

          • http://twitter.com/yo2boy_ yo2boy

            Nope. Crashes SystemUI.

          • instinct

            I tried it the day it was released and ended up getting stuck in a bootloop.. I had to wipe my phone.

  • niekez

    Still no Dutch :(

    • Stefan van Manen

      Indeed, its taking too long.

  • http://google.com/+ThomasBeling Thomas Beling

    OK Google is working for months now in German language!?

    • Guest

      your right, and i already thougt the mean google now everywhere (which didnt work on my device)

      • http://google.com/+ThomasBeling Thomas Beling

        Quite right. OK-Google-Everywhere don't work in German.

  • Felix Matthies

    In Germany and France it works at least since the 21st of March! ;)

    https://plus.google.com/116899029375914044550/posts/ZWHvayQJNfS

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Great, thanks for that link. Looks like the rest are pretty new then.

  • Justin

    Is there or does anyone know what came in the new Google search update 3.5.15? Nobody has reported on it.

    • John Motschenbacher

      I have it and it seems no different. Still waiting on my hotword activation.

      • Justin

        Same here, where is our OK Google everywhere?!?!

    • Felix Matthies

      Yes, I've this Version..it's just a tiny Update for "Ok Google" Anywhere! ;)

      • Justin

        Yea, see I have that version of Google search, 3.5.15, but still no OK Google everywhere. It was supposed to come with the 3.5.14 Google search from last week, and I still don't have it enabled with 3.5.15, which is why I am wondering what the changes are in this minor update, but nobody has reported on it.

        • Felix Matthies

          http://goo.gl/912e2r

          They are still in process.. ;)

          • Justin

            I appreciate the link Felix. Solid info my friend!

          • Felix Matthies

            Nothing to thank for! ;)

  • h4rr4r

    Still don't have it.
    Is there some trick to this?

    • http://twitter.com/yo2boy_ yo2boy

      Yes, you just wait.

  • John Motschenbacher

    3.5.15 is the most recent update for Google Search David

  • imaguest

    Theres actually a 3.5.15 version of the app, I got the update yesterday. "Ok Google" hotword still not working in Mexico for me.

    • Jesús Cuenca

      En mi teléfono si funciona :3

      • imaguest

        Me tocara esperar unos días más al parecer. Por cierto, con que pronunciación activas el comando?

      • imaguest

        Ok "guguel" o Ok "gogle"

        • Jesús Cuenca

          Con ambos.

  • Jesús Cuenca

    Ok google works in "mexican" wow :D

  • Carlos David

    Finally!!! 3rd world problems :S

  • letsplaay

    understands my Korean, but replies in US English.

  • http://500px.com/willkennerley Will Kennerley

    Still tells me not available for English UK

  • Nicolas Ramz

    The "OK google" detection from launcher has been working in French for quite some time now. However it cannot be used from everywhere yet. I have the latest version of the app but don't see the option to activate it from anywhere yet.

    • RockAndRock

      Tu as quel téléphone ?

      • Nicolas Ramz

        Nexus 4 & Nexus 7 (2013): même chose sur les deux.

        • RockAndRock

          Pour le moment, sur le Nexus 4, il y a pas encore cette option qui permet d'utiliser cette commande n'importe où ^^

  • Christian Turchetti

    still no italy :

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      Uh, it says right there ITALIAN

      • Christian Turchetti

        yawn

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

    And yet, I still don't have OK Google working from any screen like reported last week. Do most people have this working now? Just curious why Google hasn't flipped the switch for me?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Nope, they appear to have heavily slowed their roll on that. Maybe they're working out issues.

    • Justin

      Still don't have it either Steve. I'm wondering the same thing. It's been rolling out for 7 days now.... Where is the functionality?? Are they literally enabling it for like.....5k people a day and so..... we might see it by the end of the year? Or is it more like, enabling for 300-500k a day? It'd be nice if they mentioned approximately how many they roll the function out to each day or so, so we have an idea of the approximate time frame we are looking at.

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

        Hey, don't know if you saw my post below, but I literally just manually enabled it. I posted the link to where I found the info. Not sure if you're comfortable doing this, but it worked for me.

        • Justin

          Yea, I did, I appreciate the link too, I'm just staying stock though, so I won't be rooting to enable it, I'll just wait it out but it is extremely tempting!

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

            Gotcha. I like to tinker...couldn't wait ;)

          • Justin

            I hear ya, don't blame you either, wish they would make an optional section to load these kinds of features for those who would like to test and tinker with features. This "roll out" stuff is annoying. I'm always lasssssttttt to get these roll outs. Just once I'd like to get a roll out on day 2 or 3! Doesn't even have to be day one!

  • pallzoltan

    So can you set reminders and all those stuff in these new languages? Also, I have for example Czech names in my People and it used to work that I could say "Send message to Vaclav - I'll be late" and it understood the name, even if it was Czech. Same with Hungarian, Romanian, etc. For a few months now it doesn't work tho : < Anyone's experiencing the same?

  • http://gplus.to/bdbplatano M. Puente
  • Taylor Pruitt

    UnleashTheGoogle makes it work for non "L" root users

  • Anyelo Minier

    "ok google" preparame unas enchiladas

  • RockAndRock

    This update changes some sounds...

  • Marcel Jeannin II

    I've downloaded the apk then got the update from google and I still don't have the extra box's to check off in settings,rrrrr.

  • nawa

    Russian OK Google has worked for a while. Even with a previous update, I'm sure.

  • Niels

    Works on my end, but as soon as I set any language other than English US the hot word from any screen feature gets unchecked and greyed out... Also no Dutch :'(

  • Cody

    I have version 3.5.15.1254529.arm what's up with that?

    • Justin

      Nobody has a change log on it either

  • aouniat

    مرحبا جوجل

  • Moyako

    - "Spanish"

    Excellent!!

    - "(Spain and Mexico only)"

    Damn it

  • Nathan

    Yes!

    Now Dutch please.

    Btw, here's how you can activate OK, Google everywhere yourself: http://nexus5.wonderhowto.com/how-to/enable-ok-google-hotword-detection-any-screen-android-kitkat-0155963/

  • instinct

    Did anyone else gain the ability to use the hotword while charging (screen off) and in other apps, and then randomly lose it later? The options don't show up anymore after I click "OK Google Detection" but I get some extra items like "Audio History" that didn't show up before.. I'm just wondering if I'll ever get the option back!

  • Jaime

    Yes! Finally! OK Google in Spanish!

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    As and instantly turned it off. What am I stupid to let this thing neat my battery away?

  • ash

    Ok google live for english India as well

    • http://androidaces.com/ Vishal Toshiwal

      Yup, I've been playing with Google search all day long.

  • Terrel Thompson

    Yes Google, make them all learn English.

  • Francois Roy

    Still no "French/Canada" , only "French/France"
    I cant work with that accent. Gotta use english.

  • Tony T.

    I have it now on my Nexus 5 (still nothing on my Note Pro), but it only accepts English US, not English UK for some reason :( C'mon, you're killing me, Smalls.

  • zubsz

    Hey AP( especially david) , I think you guys should check this out. It helped me activate the ok Google everywhere option: http://www.androidauthority.com/how-to-enable-ok-google-hotword-all-screens-399896/

  • Ray

    What is the go with this Audio History thing? By the looks of it, it's "always" listening and possibly recording everything I say, especially if it's capable of saving the previous few seconds before any hot word is said etc.

    Can anyone shed some light here?

    • Peter

      Audio History saves the voice searches after you say 'ok google'. You can delete individual entries or even switch it off so it doesn't save it.

  • balag59

    Hey I'm on the latest google search and play services version. .i even have the audio history option toggle which i have turned on. .but even then if i go to "ok google" detection i just have one option ie from google search app. .any ideas on why im not getting the other options?Ive even tried using unleash the google app and method.Thanks in advance!

  • Gonçalo Santos

    Why Portuguese Brazillian only? bring Portuguese Portugal we really need it!

  • Dragos C

    What about Romanian language? Hungarian, Turkish?

  • Justin Fabian

    I have it on my 2012 N7, but not my S4