Always On “OK Google” Now Available with the Australian Accent

Always On OK Google

The phrase “OK Google” has sort of become the catchphrase of Google Now across all devices running Android, be it the smartphone, the tablet, or the smartwatch. If you want something done, such as to do a Google search, set an alarm, or search for directions, simply say “OK Google” into your device and state your command.

Normally for many of us, you can only do this when you have Google Now actually running on your screen, meaning it’s not as simple as just commanding your device to do things with your voice – you need to actually hold the device in your hand and navigate to Google Now. But, if you have an offline voice recognition pack for your language or accent, it is possible for you to activate Google No. . . READ ON »

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Chromecast Family Games Launched, More Apps Get Material Design

Chromecast Family Games

“It is the calm before the storm.” Truer words have rarely been spoken. Whether we’re referring to an actual storm or a metaphorical one, the eerie calmness that precedes it does not go unnoticed. Sure enough, the months following Google I/O 2014 had little to no activity in the Android sphere, with Nexus 9 leaks and Nexus 6 references few and far between. But on 15th October, all hell broke loose, and a fair amount of Android activity was seen. The Android 5.0 Lollipop, Nexus 9 and Nexus 6 announcements were important in their own right, but they were just a small part of the treats Google had in store for us.

In the time since then, we’ve seen factory image rollouts for the older Nexus dev. . . READ ON »

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Android Wear App Review: Command Google Now with Commandr – XDA Developer TV

android wear commandr

“OK Google. Make Me a sandwich.” How many times have you made this joke? Apparently we’ve done it often enough that Google made it an Easter egg.  Wouldn’t it be great if Google Now could do more complicated or useful tasks? Well, it can’t quite make you an actual sandwich, but maybe we can get it to actually toggle your WiFi! For his 100th app review, Tk has a solution for you!

XDA Senior Member RsenG2X  offers up an application that allows you expand the capabilities of Google Now! In this video, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews Commandr.  TK shows off the application, its uses and functionality, and he gives his thoughts of the application. Check out this app review. And of course check o. . . READ ON »

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XDA Xposed Tuesday: ‘Ok Google’ for 3rd Party Launchers – XDA Developer TV


“Ok Google, write my article for me.” Well I guess it was worth a try. Users on the Google Experience Launcher have now gotten used to being able to say “OK Google” to launch Google Voice Search. Wouldn’t it be nice to have this functionality on third party launchers?

In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that lets you launch Google Search with ‘Ok Google’ from your home screen on third party launchers. XDA Recognized Developer MohammadAG created the OK Google for Third Party Launchers module. TK shows off the modules and gives his thoughts, so check out this Xposed Tuesday video.. . . READ ON »

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Build Apps that React to Google Search Using Xposed


Just yesterday, we briefly touched upon a Google Search update that brought the ability to search within apps directly from within Google Search. This update, which is gradually being rolled out to end-user devices, has the potential to make Google Search significantly more powerful. Rather than having to open an application to search within the app, Google Search can now act more like global search.

Unfortunately, there are a few limitations with Google’s first party offering. First of all, there are only a few apps that are compatible with this new functionality. Some of the biggest partners so far include IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Wikipedia, and a few others—though support can be added thr. . . READ ON »

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Collection of Google Now Easter Eggs


The latest update to the Google Search app brought quite a bit of added functionality. In addition to new cards and a more conversational interface for things like text messaging, the update to version 3 also brought hidden functionality in the form of the Google Experience Launcher, previously only seen on the .

At some point during the app’s continual evolution, Google saw fit to add in several Easter Eggs. To help you find all of them, XDA Senior Member akhan47 created a compilation thread listing all of the known Easter Eggs. Some of them such as “do a barrel roll” have been there for a while. However, there are some relatively new ones like answers to Beam me up, Scott. . . READ ON »

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