Android "OK Google" Search Update - How To Get & Use (4.1+)

Duncan

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Google is rolling out a pretty big update to it's "Google Now" service for Android, which includes the following:
  • Showing website updates from visited websites
  • Showing news updates
  • Showing "What to watch"
  • Traffic incidents from Waze
  • Recurring Reminders
  • See when packages are ready for pickup in-store
  • New animations
  • Not just one-way commands anymore, responds to answers with more questions

It also helps with getting the "Google Experience Launcher" working with most devices on 4.1+, so simply follow these steps:

  1. Download the Search update APK from HERE or HERE
  2. Download GEL APK from HERE or HERE
  3. Open the launcher and click settings
  4. Click Voice
  5. Click Language
  6. Change to English (US)
  7. Click Offline Speech Recognition
  8. Download the English (US) language
  9. Press Home
You'll now see "say OK Google" on your launcher:





If you use any other launcher, this will likely not work until they update for this, but it's something cool to try out in the meantime :relaxed:

Credits to Android Police and This Commenter for the heads up
 

Duncan

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What exactly does 'Google Now' do? For searches I just go to chrome and search Google there...
It provides you with cards showing you what's happening now.

I find it useful for traffic updates when I'm away from home to see if there is any delay on the way home. Reminders can be useful and Location Awareness can help with finding stuff while away, and recent updates might make it more useful, but of course having dedicated apps for these things will allow deeper customisation rather than a dashboard.

I guess it comes down to preference and use case.
 

antpower

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It provides you with cards showing you what's happening now.

I find it useful for traffic updates when I'm away from home to see if there is any delay on the way home. Reminders can be useful and Location Awareness can help with finding stuff while away, and recent updates might make it more useful, but of course having dedicated apps for these things will allow deeper customisation rather than a dashboard.

I guess it comes down to preference and use case.
Hmm I'll have to test that. Weird I've never heard of this before...