Will Verduzco · May 27, 2014 at 11:00 pm

Latest OmniROM Nightlies Bring Custom Hotwords to Your Home Screen

Android has offered Google Voice Search for many, many years now. Thanks to nearly constant backend updates, its capabilities are continually expanding. And if you’re anything like I am, you use every chance you have to impress your friends by saying,  “OK Google…”

As powerful as Google Voice Search is, it’s not perfect. For example, while it has the ability to perform quite a few tasks such as opening your Camera app, the list of supported commands are controlled entirely by Google. Moreover, if you’re attempting touchless operation, you must first engage Voice Search functionality by saying “OK Google,” and then say your command of choice. Naturally, this isn’t quite optimal, but that’s where aftermarket developers like those behind OmniROM come in.

You may recall that a few months back, XDA Senior Recognized Developer XpLoDWilD was able to simulate the Moto X “always listening” mode to other Snapdragon-powered devices. While this was simply a proof-of-concept at the time, it foreshadowed other voice-related development work by the OmniROM developer. Now just two-and-a-half months later, XpLoDWilD offers up yet another impressive voice-related feature—and this time, it’s not just a proof-of-concept.

Available as of tomorrow’s official nightly builds, OmniROM now allows users to define custom hotwords that can be used while on the home screen. For example, you can say “Hey Camera” to launch your camera. But rather than the status quo of saying “OK Google,” followed by “take a picture,” you only have to say your custom defined hotword. And naturally, you can create as many custom hotwords as you would like.

As stated above, this feature will be available starting tomorrow (May 28) in official OmniROM nightly builds. Those looking to build this into other ROMs can get started by looking at the merge over on the OmniROM Gerrit.

[Many thanks to OEM Relations Manager jerdog for the heads up!]


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willverduzco is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Will Verduzco is the Portal Administrator for the XDA-Developers Portal. He has been addicted to mobile technology since the HTC Wizard. But starting with the Nexus One, his gadget love affair shifted to Google's little green robot. He is also a Johns Hopkins University graduate in neuroscience and is now currently studying to become a physician. View willverduzco's posts and articles here.
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