OK Google on the Galaxy S5

A little tip worth pointing out for new Samsung Galaxy S5 owners, that the "OK Google" hotword works out of the box in the new Touchwiz launcher. It may seem obvious to some, but having spoken to a few people in the past couple of days that didn't know about it, it's worth highlighting.

It's actually the Google Search widget that takes care of things, and this is preloaded onto the homescreen when you first fire up the phone. So, without any additional downloads, just say "OK Google" while on the main homescreen. From there take advantage of the voice activated benefits it brings with it such as setting alarms, set some music off playing and, well, searching the web. Piece of cake!

OK Google isn't supported everywhere just yet, but if you're in a country that does you shouldn't have any problems putting it to use on the Galaxy S5.

 

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Quick tip: "OK Google" works just fine on the Samsung Galaxy S5

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I believe the command is actually "Hi, Galaxy"
though the "leaked" S-voice also had options to add your own custom command....

How could you do this with a Nexus 5 and Nova Launcher? I understand Open Mic+ can be used, but is there an official way?

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So... is this S5-only? Or if I place the Google Search widget on my homescreen it'll work? (Hope it's the latter hehe)

Yea. I use Nova and I placed the widget on my home screen and I was saying "ok, Google" like an idiot. Lol.

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Surprise it took this long too be noticed, I've seen and known about this for a few weeks and surprised no one was making a deal out if considering that's what everyone was loving about now launcher.

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Guess sometimes we take it for granted that folks notice these things. As I said in the post, having spoken to a few people in last couple of days that didn't know it was there it's worth at least a quick mention :)

I don't think they do. Google is getting really good at letting any android phone have their apps. Like calendar, keyboard, and now Google camera. Google needs to let more devices have Google Launcher but easiest side load. Google wants you to use their launcher, apps and services. They have a right to that. I love nova but the unlimited home screens and OK Google I use.

This means that launchers like nova need to work harder to implement their own alternative or perks. Look at Dolphin and Sonar. Or even CM camera

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