Add “OK Google” to Third Party Launchers with Xposed
One of the most useful features introduced alongside the Moto X was the “OK Google” hotword functionality. This was then brought to the Google Nexus 5, and later other Nexus devices, by way of the Google Experience Launcher. For the few who are unfamiliar, this feature allows you to issue certain commands entirely by voice. The Google Experience Launcher is great, but it’s not nearly as configurable as other launchers such as Apex, Nova, or other crowd favorites.
Just yesterday, we talked about how OmniROM added customizable hotword functionality into their nightlies. However, most alternative launchers are still unable to partake in the “OK Google” experience. This changes now, thanks to XDA Recognized Developer MohammadAG, who wrote a module that allows you to use this feature on other launchers.
Installation is simple: Just install Xposed Framework on your phone, apply the module, reboot, and all will be set. The developer was kind enough to open-source the feature, so any launcher developer can now implement it in his/her work without Xposed. The list of supported launchers is quite long and includes Nova, Apex, Action, Xperia, Sense / BlinkFeed, and TouchWiz. However, it will only work on devices running KitKat.
If you’re rooted, running KitKat, have Xposed Framework installed, and you want to use “OK Google” functionality on another launcher, head over to the module thread and give it a shot.