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  1. whitenack's Avatar
    Do you have to have the phone awake to respond to "OK Google", or will that command wake the phone from sleep mode as well?
    11-08-2013 01:02 PM
  2. Ken CleanAir System's Avatar
    No, it only works when the phone is unlocked and at your home screen.
    whitenack likes this.
    11-08-2013 01:06 PM
  3. Phil Nickinson's Avatar
    Do you have to have the phone awake to respond to "OK Google", or will that command wake the phone from sleep mode as well?
    It has to be awake, unlocked and on the home screen. (Or on Google now.)
    whitenack likes this.
    11-08-2013 01:07 PM
  4. whitenack's Avatar
    Thanks folks!
    11-08-2013 01:15 PM
  5. krouri's Avatar
    That isn't entirely true, it will work when the phone is unlocked no matter at what screen it's on. It doesn't have to e on google now, it works on any screen.
    11-08-2013 02:35 PM
  6. toade's Avatar
    Krouri, I'm with Phil on this one. It only works at a home screen (any home screen) or Google now. It does not work on any screen, as you state. For example, if you are in the browser, or in hangouts, you can't just say "Ok, Google."
    11-08-2013 04:02 PM
  7. JeffDenver's Avatar
    Yes, it is a part of the launcher, not the system. So you have to be on the home screen for it to work.

    Thats also why it will not work if you are using a non-native launcher.
    11-08-2013 05:02 PM
  8. dmcincubus's Avatar
    usually a good idea to agree with phil. of course, you always got a few people who love to try and prove phil and jerry incorrect on many things.
    11-08-2013 05:06 PM
  9. alphaecho1's Avatar
    Hi,

    There's an app named, "Open Mic+ for Google Now,

    That should help you get your phone doing what you want.

    "I hope"
    02-24-2014 01:17 AM
  10. Ben Jackson's Avatar


    Saw this video, sort of contradicts Phil (no offence) but i would like to set up similar to this.
    03-12-2014 05:38 PM
  11. bulletmark's Avatar
    It has to be awake, unlocked and on the home screen. (Or on Google now.)
    Which of course makes it pretty much useless. Since you have to unlock/switch on the phone to the home screen, you may as well just press the mic button that is there anyhow. So you may as well turn hotword detection off and save a little battery. For this function to be useful it has to be available even when off like on the Moto-X. Apparently the N5 hardware is capable of this but Google could not activate it due to some potential patent issue.
    JohnnyBroccoli likes this.
    03-13-2014 07:01 AM
  12. uumeshh's Avatar
    moto x has a dedicated low power speech processor which listens to you while consuming less battery. other phones can listen too but would end up hogging a lot of battery. the processor is application specific and won't do anything generic.
    03-13-2014 07:12 AM
  13. Caleb Pelton's Avatar
    That is an HTC One. Saying "OK Google" on a Nexus 5 will not wake it.

    Posted via Android Central App
    03-13-2014 09:06 AM
  14. Bront's Avatar
    That is an HTC One. Saying "OK Google" on a Nexus 5 will not wake it.

    Posted via Android Central App
    Odd, then why does it drain so much battery when the phone is asleep? Simply turning that off saved more battery power than anything else I've done with the phone other than enable ART.
    03-13-2014 09:27 AM
  15. Shilohcane's Avatar
    Odd, then why does it drain so much battery when the phone is asleep? Simply turning that off saved more battery power than anything else I've done with the phone other than enable ART.
    My N5 only uses about 4% when sleeping for 8 to 10 hours during the night and I haven't disabled "OK Google". Loved ART since I started getting more than 24 hours off the battery.
    03-13-2014 03:06 PM
  16. JohnnyBroccoli's Avatar
    Which of course makes it pretty much useless. Since you have to unlock/switch on the phone to the home screen, you may as well just press the mic button that is there anyhow. So you may as well turn hotword detection off and save a little battery. For this function to be useful it has to be available even when off like on the Moto-X. Apparently the N5 hardware is capable of this but Google could not activate it due to some potential patent issue.
    Ha. Didn't mean to thank you but don't know how to undo that via Tapatalk.

    I agree with you on turning off the hotword detection for the most part. I find it very useful in the car for dictating texts and such though so I keep it on.

    Don't think it is a patent thing, more a hardware thing. Would eat too much battery on most devices.
    03-13-2014 09:40 PM
  17. JohnnyBroccoli's Avatar
    Odd, then why does it drain so much battery when the phone is asleep? Simply turning that off saved more battery power than anything else I've done with the phone other than enable ART.
    I'd suggest making sure to kill the Google search process after using it (or at least before going to bed at night) via the multitasking soft button. Even if not being used, it can run amok if left on in the background I've found.
    03-13-2014 09:42 PM
  18. Bront's Avatar
    I'd suggest making sure to kill the Google search process after using it (or at least before going to bed at night) via the multitasking soft button. Even if not being used, it can run amok if left on in the background I've found.
    I never used it and never wanted to (The "OK Google" part), so I turned it off. It looked like it helped dramatically, but about 2 hours later I started also using ART, so I'm admittedly not 100% sure.
    03-16-2014 09:32 AM
  19. gidgiddonihah's Avatar
    moto x has a dedicated low power speech processor which listens to you while consuming less battery. other phones can listen too but would end up hogging a lot of battery. the processor is application specific and won't do anything generic.
    The Snapdragon 800 actually has a low power core specifically designed for voice recognition when the device is sleeping. Google chose not to use it for some reason. Sort of disappointing in my opinion.

    Sent from my Nexus 5 using Tapatalk
    03-16-2014 12:52 PM
  20. Matthew Guerrero's Avatar
    I believe its the Moto X thats able to wake upon saying "Ok Google". The GEL does activate search but only when the screen is on and viewing a homescreen. You could download "Open Mic+" but it may have a battery drain since it isn't a native process.
    03-17-2014 12:44 PM
  21. scottadus's Avatar
    I have note 3 and my phone will wake with okay google. I'm stock and not rooted
    08-05-2014 09:46 AM
  22. Kai Osmon1's Avatar
    Hi Scott, what settings do you do so your phone can hear "OK Google" when its inactive?
    Settings->Voice->Hands-Free Allow requests with device locked. Its set On for Bluetooth device but its not working when the phone is locked and inactive. However somehow it did work couple of times while in the car.
    Another annoying thing is that when I turn off the Bluetooth, the cellphone no longer hear my google commands then suddenly it starts hearing....Buggy Buggy Droid. I do remember the very first Android phones had no bugs almost like IPhones, but in our-days racing for popularity, android became like windows (Restart is required to solve problems)
    Google team, please watch Apple, they are not trying to use latest buggy technologies and people still love 'em and consider to be luxury. Luxury is not the way it looks like its the way it works! Nowadays with android phones most of the time is spent to fix something.
    09-25-2015 01:06 PM
  23. igmo2583's Avatar
    Actually, none of the responses here are true. Including Phil's. Your phone DOES have to be awake, but you can use "ok google" from the lock screen, home screen, and any other screen..and while web browsing. I know because I can do it with my phone.
    11-04-2015 12:14 AM
  24. igmo2583's Avatar
    Actually, it can be done from the home AND lock screen, and any other screen as well. Mine does.
    11-04-2015 12:19 AM
  25. igmo2583's Avatar
    Actually, none of these responses are true. Including Phil's. Although your phone DOES have to be awake, "ok google" works from the home AND the lock screen, as well as any other screen, and also while web browsing. I know because my phone can.
    11-04-2015 12:46 AM
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