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.