July 31, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
“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 out the playlist of all TK’s 100 app reviews.
June 3, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
“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.
December 5, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
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 through the Content Provider API similar to what Senior Recognized Developer AdamOutler did not too long ago. The integration also still requires users to manually select the desired action from the Google Search results.
Luckily, XDA Senior Member MohammadAG came up with a solution to both of the above issues. The fix comes in the form of a third-party Google Search API that can be installed via XDA Recognized Developer rovo89‘s Xposed Framework. When installed, the API allows developers to create and run plugins that react to certain searches made in the Google Search app. A practical example demonstrating song lyrics functionality can be found on YouTube.
While MohammadAG’s API requires both Xposed Framework and this Xposed module to be installed, it also offers greater freedom and potential to interested app developers. End-users, as well as developers looking to integrate this functionality into their own apps, should head over to the module thread to get started.
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 Google Nexus 5.
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, Scotty” that will put a smile on your face—especially when you hear the faux Scottish accent.
To get in on the entertainment, visit the original thread. There are undoubtedly others that haven’t yet been uncovered, so be sure to share and let akhan47 know so that he can update the OP!