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Google Makes “Ok Google” System-wide Hotword Detection Official

Yesterday, after downloading the newest version of Google Search (3.5.14), we discovered that a new setting for system-wide “Ok Google” hotword detection had been placed inside of the application.

Previously, users would need to be on the home screen of their compatible Android device to use the hotword, but with this new feature enabled, users can say “Ok Google” within any app to initiate a Google search, and even on the lockscreen. 

As it was, even if people updated their Google Search app yesterday, the setting was not appearing. Now that Google has made the feature official, it looks like the company has server-side enabled this for all users, so if you have already updated the app, go check your Settings menu inside of Google Search once again. If it’s still not there, Google states that it will be rolling out over the course of this week.

Check out our video below to see this feature in action.

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Via: Google
  • ROB

    Just activated on my N5. Will see if it kills my battery.

  • Splendor Thought

    If you are having problems getting the features to show up and you have a side loaded GEL launcher.. Uninstall it and then go to the Google setting. It worked instantly for me. Then I reinstalled the GEL launcher.

  • Justin

    Check now, I just got the OK Google hotword detection system wide and audio history enabled.

  • iceburgh

    I just received a Google search update. However still no “Any screen’ on my Verizon S3.

  • xxjehuxx

    I just downloaded the newest version on my phone LG G2 and my nexus 7. I get the “Any Screen” option on my Nexus 7 but not on my G2…..So it is not by account! Any other ideas???????????

  • imaletufinish

    I have a Note 3 on Verizon and have all the updates, but I still don’t have the “Ok Google now” from any screen or lock screen option. Any ideas?

  • tatas2

    I have a Note 3 on Verizon and it’s still not working for me. Am I missing something?

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  • Justin

    This still hasn’t been enabled for me. I’ve downloaded the new Google search and Google play services and I’ve only seen the option to enable OK Google in app. Verizon Galaxy Note 3 here. Anyone had it rolled out to them yet? I know it’s supposed to be rolled out per account but nobody I know has it yet either, along with my wife’s note 3. This was released on Wednesday, it seems like more people should have it by now.

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  • jim

    It stopped working from lock screen

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  • SamBoy

    I have always found saying “ok google” to my phone to be really corny and stupid, but that just me. I’d like to pick my own hot word tbh.

  • jim

    try to post a pic of google now settings, not working I guess

  • jim

    what is all this ?

  • jim

    my ok google is not working from anywhere now

  • brkshr

    WTF. I cleared data for the Google Search app. Then I went back into the Google Search settings and the new settings were available. I enabled them. Trained my voice. Opened Hangouts, tested, it worked. Turned the screen off, then on lockscreen, tested, did not work… Went back to Google Search settings and the new settings are missing again ;-(

    Edit: but the Audio History toggle is still present. Nexus 5 BTW

    Maybe the new settings are enabled by default, then it check with Google’s servers and disabled them? idk

  • RoadsterHD1

    Is that a Nexus 5 ? Looks like a MotoX

    • brkshr

      It’s a white backed Nexus 5. The white circular earpiece is a dead giveaway. The Moto X has a slit for an ear piece.

    • MichaelFranz

      def a nexus 5 with case, notice notification light

      • brkshr

        I think you are referring to the ear speaker at the top. The notification light is on the bottom bezel and never lit up.

        • MichaelFranz

          yea your right, forgot about that, just assumed by the image,

  • Brandon Yang

    Does anyone have issues with listening to music with this enabled?

    • Rodeojones000


      • Brandon Yang

        Which settings do you have enabled?

        • Rodeojones000

          I have voice history checked, then both from any screen and from lockscreen. Not sure if it matters, but I used the rooted method mentioned a few times to trigger access to these options.

  • coolsilver

    I now have the Audio history option but still no hotword or ability to train the voice yet. Progress. 😀

  • Rodeojones000

    If you’re rooted and haven’t had the options appear for you just yet, follow this:


    Worked perfectly for me – G2 running modified stock ROM. Also worth noting that I DID NOT upgrade to Google Play Services 5.0.

  • enigmaco

    I read where it doesn’t work on the moto x, g, or e

  • The_Other_Ray

    Works pretty good except for when others say the “Ok Google” phrase. I was watching a Youtube video and the person on the video said “Ok Google” and it exited the Youtube video and launched Google Voice Search on my phone. Which is another interesting thing is that you can launch the voice search even when you are in a different app just by saying “Ok Google”.

    • Droid Ronin

      They should have a voice training mechanism implemented in Google Now so that it recognizes only your voice, similar to how the Moto X does it.

      • The_Other_Ray

        That’s the strange part. During the set up of it, it makes you say “Ok Google” 3 times just like in the Moto X setup. So I thought it was being customized to my voice. But it still activated when someone else said the phrase while watching Youtube and their voice no way sounded like mine. I’m surprised if it has to go through a learning curve since the Moto X works only for your voice from the get-go.

        • Droid Ronin

          Maybe the software does take a while to adapt to your voice, whereas the Moto X has the natural language processing chip so that it recognizes it from the start.

        • Jprime

          other people’s voices can active my touchless control on moto x. usually male voices and not female.

  • jim

    how do you get the 3.5 update ??????

  • Wall Breaker

    Finally the one thing I missed from my moto x after switching to the Nexus 5.

  • jbegs

    Safe to assume that the hotword won’t work if you have a PIN or pattern lock set on your lock screen?

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  • JSo

    I’m still not getting this feature.

  • jim

    How did you force the 3.5 update ?

    • [email protected]
      • jim

        cant find where is says config flags

        • Chirag P

          me too man i gave up lol

          • Nick

            It requires your phone to be rooted

          • Chirag P

            my phone is rooted

          • jim

            turn all flags on ?

          • Rodeojones000

            See my reply to Jim above. Perhaps it will help you as well.

        • Rodeojones000

          Here’s what I did:

          Installed, then opened Unleash the Google. When prompted I went to manage apps then Google Search and forced stopped the app. Then opened the app, went to settings > voice. Then checked Audio History. Next I clicked on “OK Google Detection.” Checked “from any screen” which prompted me to say OK Google three times to train and acvivate the feature. It told me it was successful. I then checked “from lockscreen.” From that point everything worked perfectly.

          Also, make sure under languages you have English (US) chosen.

  • cpat258

    Still not work. Tried numerous times. Am using a nexus 4 (4.4.4)

    • cpat258


  • jim

    can not get google search to update still stuck on 3.4.16

  • Collin Chapin

    Still not showing up for me… It did for a few minutes and then vanished… lol

  • mmark27

    I have 3.5.14 installed and no longer have the voice key on my keyboards…..in Swiftkey its still there, but it bounces back to the “Swiftkey Voice” action, which doesn’t do the real time dictation trick. My settings haven’t appeared yet for “Ok, Google” everywhere.

    My question to you folks with all the updates and actions, can you voice type in text boxes just by saying “Ok Google” and then starting dictation??? I can understand that they’ve removed the voice key if this is now possible (and would be awesome to not have to actually hit that dumb key, but just start talking), otherwise, if it is not, then WTF?

    • coolsilver

      Double check your Language and Input Options in settings. Should be able to select the correct Voice Options and have it go to the Google Search settings options for voice. Otherwise I would also check the text to speech is set to Google because it may also rely on it.

      • mmark27

        I don’t see any setting that allows me to set anything differently. The Google TTS engine is being used for TTS but that doesn’t really matter here. The issue is that Google Search isn’t passing along the option for realtime dictation to the keyboards. It’s removing that and then keyboards like swiftkey have to fall back on different mechanisms for voice input. Do you have the voice key on your keyboard? that’s more the thing I want to get from those that have this enabled/working. Not sure how no one else is seeing this as an issue with 3.5.14. I’ve cleared caches, reinstalled most everything involved, etc. Very strange.

        EDIT: now I’m utterly confused…..its working properly now? Server side changes? The audio “bloop” noise that it’s listening is from the Voice Search app but its doing the realtime dictation.

        • coolsilver

          hmm yea I have swift key. Odd.

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  • droidrazredge

    I was wondering about the battery issue people are experiencing because I thought the snapdragon 800 can handle an always on System-wide Hotword Detection because of its low powered core that’s inside of it. I thought that would make it behave similar to how the Moto X handles it ?

    • The Nexus 5’s SoC doesn’t have the low-powered core in use.

  • 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 t commands.

  • Tyrone Biggums

    Too bad it rapes my battery…

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  • JohnBergman

    I’m kinda concerned about the battery… won’t this murder battery life on devices without the dedicated voice chip (i.e. my HTC One M7) ?

    • thelolotov

      Which is why Google’s making this opt-in.

    • Rafter

      Yeah, I’ve been experiencing terrible battery life on my Nexus 4 ever since I updated

      • Jared Denman

        I haven’t noticed any difference on my n5

      • Andrew

        Check your email app from the app store. Drained my battery and also showed an sdcard process eating battery. Went back to stock and battery life is normal. Waiting for another app store update to reinstall.

        • Rafter

          Hmm, thanks for the info. Gonna revert back to the factory version of the app. Will update on any changes

    • Taylor Abrahamson

      My battery life has been normal and I’ve had it running since yesterday

    • brkshr

      It would kill your battery life if the screen was off and it was listening. When the screen is off, your phone is in a low power sleep mode. That’s where the dedicated low power voice core comes into play. That’s why they only allow listening mode with screen off, while charging. Currently, your phone is on while it’s listening, the processor is using more power and it doesn’t take much more for it to listen as well. Now if they could enable the low power voice core on Qualcomm 800+ chips, that would be awesome! Then we could have some screen off on battery listening and not have to worry about the battery life.

      • The Motto

        The DSP on the Snapdraggon 800 in the Nexus 5 is already used for handling audio playback when the phone is in sleep mode. It is possible though as someone on XDA did a proof of concept.

  • Pam Oakea

    Nothing here yet.. . Updated both search and Play services yesterday.

  • mat

    still. not. there.

  • krudl3rx

    I have version and do not have this setting.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Even if you have the updated software it appear a Google is rolling out this feature “by account”… You will need to enable it in the Google Now settings once it’s activated on your Google Account.

    I have it installed but don’t have those options in the Google Now settings just yet

    This is what it will look lile

    • Ray

      weird because as soon as i installed it yesterday it worked right away

      • Jared Denman

        Same for me.

      • jboogie1289

        What device are you using? I side loaded the updated Google Play services 5.0 version and I’m still just getting the 1 option to launch from the Google Now app on my Note 3 (non-rooted).

        • Ray

          Galaxy S4 rooted

    • Miguel

      It didn’t work for me either even thought I installed the leaked app.

    • grumpyfuzz

      if you have root you can force the settings to appear 😛

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    • mmark27

      Still don’t have the options……

  • David Foggia

    Idk if its the fact that I’m on L but I still can’t say OK Google from anywhere. I saw somebody say that google has to actually switch the feature on for your account so idk

    • Simon Belmont

      Yeah. It’ll work on KitKat, too.

      You’re right about the feature being switched on by account basis. Cheers.

  • dannyWHITE

    Works great on my G3!

    • guest

      You and all this LG goodness I think you work for LG lol. I want a G3.

  • Damian

    Still not letting me on my moto x

    • Ray

      Why would you need to when it already does the same thing with touchless controls?

      • Damian

        There’s no need. I’m just saying I don’t see it either.

        • Ray

          It won’t work if you have touch less controls on turn one or the other off

          • Damian

            Good to know, thanks.

          • Nikuliai

            one of the notes says it won’t be coming to the moto X (nor G)

    • miri

      Google Now’s hotword detection is broken on Moto X.

    • Gr8Ray

      Just tried it on my Moto X, and it seems to be working with “OK Google” instead of “OK Google Now”, not sure if this is new behavior or not.

  • brandon

    im on the latest updates and have nexus 4 and i have no option ….

  • double007seven

    What case is that in the video?

    • yx

      Official Google snap case.

      • double007seven


  • Rob Fetterhoff

    i updated but still nothing for me on my S3.

    • Brian Wolfman

      Is this for all phones? assumed it was for phones that already do it on the home screen…motoX, droid…

      • Rob Fetterhoff

        Why would it be for phones that already have it? That doesn’t make sense. Pretty sure it’s for any phone… probably 4.2 and up or something.

        I’m very happy but I wish that when voice sending a text it would read it back to you before asking if you want to send. I have to look anyway to see how it interpreted what I said… lol.

        • miri

          4.4 and up

          • Jsilvermist

            I thought it was 4.3 and up?

          • Rob Fetterhoff

            Either way… my S3 has 4.4.2 so I’m ready and waiting!

  • Carlos Lopez

    but not from screen off?

    • Flat_Stanley

      Reports are that screen off activation works while charging. It’s at least a start.

    • Simon Belmont

      When on the charger it works. Phones like the Nexus 5 (and other phones with Snapdragon 800 series SoC) will almost certainly see always listening mode even when off charger.

      Snapdragon 800 series devices have that low power listening core in the SoC. They can listen for the activation command with basically no battery penalty. We’ll just have to wait for Google to enable it. Perhaps with the L release?

      • Carlos Lopez

        Ah good to know thanks for the info!

      • gambit07

        Are you sure that’s any 800 series? I thought it was just the 801 and up..

  • Muhammad Fathi Rauf


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