November 26, 2014

Google Search update rolls out, “OK Google” hotword now works from any screen.

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With Google I/O in full swing and a mass of exciting new products and features being announced, the company are not letting this get in the way of getting updates pushed out to its current Android OS.

One of the latest updates see Google Search 3.5.14 arrive which brings two very major enhancements, the first of which giving the ability to use the “Ok Google” hotword from not only any screen on your device but also running apps and the lock screen.This is nothing new for users of the Moto X as this has been a key feature of that phone since it launched but it should come as a welcome addition for the rest of us.

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Along with the new hotword detection, the update also gives Google Search an Audio History feature which will learn the sound of your voice and the pronunciation of words to help make searches more accurate, although this feature could raise some privacy concerns, Google will let you opt out if you like.

Both implementations can turned on by diving into the settings in Google Now once you get the update but if you can not wait, the folks over at Droid-Life have a download link for the apk.

Source: droid-life