One of the most interesting features of the Motorola Moto X was the ability to search for anything on the device just using your voice. This allowed for a fine hands free experience as you did not necessarily have to pick your phone for every small details like weather alert, quick query or even something as simple as checking the time or setting a reminder. Till a few days ago, always listening feature was available on Motorola device, but now you can use it on just about any Android smartphone that is running the latest version of Google Search as well as Android 4.3 and above.
It is worth noting that this feature now works from anywhere, irrespective which screen you are on, including if your device is locked down with screen off. All you need to do is use the Hotword, ‘Ok Google’. You may need to play around with a few things before the feature is available to your Android phone though. So far, it was possible on most device to just use the voice to search for results if you were on the desktop or within the search app, but we were surprised to see an update today that allows you to search from anywhere on your phone using the hotword.
First and foremost make sure you have the latest Google Search update installed on your phone. Once you have done that, go into Google Now settings and click on Voice. Here, if your phone has received the update to Google Voice detection, you will see the option of ‘Ok Google Detection’ come alive. Click on it and in the following screen you will see three major fields with check boxes. For most of you only the first option, that allows you to search when within Google Search app would be alive, so check that. To get the other two fields to be responsive, you need to go back and change your language. So, from here click on the back button and go into ‘Language’ settings. Simply change the language here from English (India) to English (US) and you will see the other two fields in voice detection come alive.
Check them both and follow the instructions that follow on the screen and train your smartphone to pick your voice. This will make sure that your device does not respond to the voice of anyone but you. The feature worked sketchily for us, primarily because of our strong Indian accent, but it definitely works. We hope, Google will soon bring the feature with the English (India) language too, but till then, this is not bad at all.