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Amazon Echo? Google Home? No! Active OK GOOGLE on your Android phone for free!

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https://support.google.com/websearch/answer/6031948?co=GENIE.Platform%3DAndroid&hl=en I have been using this for a couple of days now and it is pretty good! I also have the Amazon Echo and although… Read More
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8m, 3w agoFound 8 months, 3 weeks ago
https://support.google.com/websearch/answer/6031948?co=GENIE.Platform%3DAndroid&hl=en

I have been using this for a couple of days now and it is pretty good! I also have the Amazon Echo and although it has its differences, OK GOOGLE is wherever you are, and Echo is not as you can only access it in the place you put the bulky device.

Great to use when driving too as you can simply make calls, text, ask for directions without touching your phone!

Requirements
Your Android device needs to have:
Google app version 3.5 or higher
Android 4.4 or higher
Voice & Audio Activity setting turned on

Plenty of guides to see what you can do with Ok Google:
https://support.google.com/websearch/answer/2940021?co=GENIE.Platform%3DAndroid&hl=en
http://www.howtogeek.com/217223/18-useful-things-you-can-do-with-ok-google/
https://www.cnet.com/uk/how-to/complete-list-of-ok-google-commands/
http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/how-to/google-android/how-use-ok-google-from-any-screen-in-uk-3535224/
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8m, 3w agoFound 8 months, 3 weeks ago
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#1
Needs moving to 'Free'
#2
Seems like a reasonable effort to offer advice and links - bit unfair to vote cold
1 Like #3
At best of time does not work as expected, limited functionality and no functionality once in a app... let's say you are listening to music and want to go to next song... no joy...
#4
disabled it years ago..
1 Like #5
let's all complain it does not do everything when.......ITS FREE!
#6
needs moving to Free or "Not a deal because everyone who owns an android phone should already know this" section. Cold votes are because it's not a deal, it's not new and it doesn't work well. Picks up anything after saying "okay...." so it searches all the time. Plus, deep integration into the OS is missing .... limited to a few selected commands. Needs more work.
1 Like #7
gas77
At best of time does not work as expected, limited functionality and no functionality once in a app... let's say you are listening to music and want to go to next song... no joy...


doesbhave functionality when in an app, simply activate 'respond from any screen' in the settings
#8
I'm sure it will get improved over time, good for people who didn't know about it.
and again......it's free
#9
I am sorry for this being put into the wrong area. Even if it is in the wrong area, you shouldn't vote cold. A bit clueless.

I think many are judging this service as it was over a year ago. If anyone had noticed, Google have released Google Home. It is basically the same as OK Google. That is how much this service has improved.

For the person who said you want to change songs, if you use Google Play Music then it will change it for you. If you make slight adaptions of the Apps it is compatible with then it will work. Just like Amazon Echo, you can only listen to music from Amazon Music. Luckily, Google Play Music picks up any songs in your phone.

And I was surprised to learn that not many people are aware of this service, where at a command of 'OK Google', your phone is able to pick up many commands. They are aware you can talk to your phone, but they aren't aware of the improved service that makes the service so great now.

I would hugely advice everyone to give it a go. Especially when driving, it is a treat! Also you must say 'OK Google' to activate it. Saying just OK will not activate it, so I am unsure as to what the user 'japes' was saying.
1 Like #10
is this the same deal as when you ask Google a question by voice like you would with apples Siri ?

Sometimes that shows up in google search but not all the time , it would be nice to have a dedicated app for that :)

then I could ask "Google what were you thinking making Pixel so expensive" :)
1 Like #11
PrernaK
I am sorry for this being put into the wrong area. Even if it is in the wrong area, you shouldn't vote cold. A bit clueless.
I think many are judging this service as it was over a year ago. If anyone had noticed, Google have released Google Home. It is basically the same as OK Google. That is how much this service has improved.
For the person who said you want to change songs, if you use Google Play Music then it will change it for you. If you make slight adaptions of the Apps it is compatible with then it will work. Just like Amazon Echo, you can only listen to music from Amazon Music. Luckily, Google Play Music picks up any songs in your phone.
And I was surprised to learn that not many people are aware of this service, where at a command of 'OK Google', your phone is able to pick up many commands. They are aware you can talk to your phone, but they aren't aware of the improved service that makes the service so great now.
I would hugely advice everyone to give it a go. Especially when driving, it is a treat! Also you must say 'OK Google' to activate it. Saying just OK will not activate it, so I am unsure as to what the user 'japes' was saying.
How is someone "clueless" for down-voting something? People vote if they feel it is a "hot uk deal" or not. At currently -68° it's clearly not. Also, being free in itself doesn't make something a "deal", especially from a company that's business model is to give every service away for free in exchange for harvesting your data.

Personally I down-voted because I've tried OK Google and didn't like it. Similarly hated Siri as it never understood me correctly and both services were iffy and slow if I didn't have a decent mobile data connection so that rules out using it in the car for me, when I would make most use of it. Plus I felt like a plonker talking out loud to a phone.
#12
Another reason for cold votes could be that it comes with android phones, therefore is no more of a deal than say Contacts, phone dialer, web browser etc.. It's not "free" exactly as you have to pay for an android phone to get it and it comes with the phone.
So a deal for a phone charger that comes with the phone is not a "free" deal in and of itself.
#13
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PrernaK
I am sorry for this being put into the wrong area. Even if it is in the wrong area, you shouldn't vote cold. A bit clueless.
How is someone "clueless" for down-voting something? People vote if they feel it is a "hot uk deal" or not.

Hello! So I am stating it is clueless to vote something cold for the reason of it being in the wrong place in hot uk deals. Vote it cold if you think it isn't great. But not if it is in the wrong section.

Most roads have decent data these days. It seems like I might be the only one who actually enjoys this service from Google! I find it quick to use (even quicker than doing things by touching the screen) and picks up my voice accurately.
#14
Thanks for posting this , I never knew how to turn it on , except it showed up in Google search ,

I just switched it on and it works great for the few things I needed , I asked about traffic and it showed me a local traffic map ,

Now if my Google robot friend shows up maybe I can teach it " Ok Google , get me a cold beer "

Just as a question , can you put OK Google on Windows Chrome browser ?
#15
Thanks for posting this , I never knew how to turn it on , except it showed up in Google search ,

I just switched it on and it works great for the few things I needed , I asked about traffic and it showed me a local traffic map ,

Now if my Google robot friend shows up maybe I can teach it " Ok Google , get me a cold beer "

Just as a question , can you put OK Google on Windows Chrome browser ?
#16
I think the big thing that is missing from this is that the "Ok Google" is changing shortly. This itself would be a bigger one that the current functionality. Unlike the other "voice assistants" out at present it will allow followup questions to refine more taken within context. For example "Ok Google - What's on in the cinema tonight" - up comes list of movies from your local cinema. "Ok Google - I want to bring the kids" - List refines to movies kids can go to. "Ok Google - Book tickets to see xxx movie" - Google will then bring you into the cinemas booking page for that movie etc.
Another example used in a video across the different assistants available was "Who is the British Prime Minister" Google replies, then if you ask "what age" every other one more or less says it does not understand but google actually replies with her age.
Not saying the older version was useless but it was handy for some things. As an example my mother always managed to set the alarm on her phone wrong now I've taught her just to say "Ok Google set my alarm for Tuesday 6am".
#17
Cheers op, I forgot all about this, can use my cars voice control stereo to make calls via bluetooth but not texts, just tried it and works a charm...............

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