Ask your recent Android phone “Ok, Google, How old is Mick Jagger?” and it will answer you. Say “Ok, Google, take a picture” and it’ll fire up your camera app and get you ready to snap a photo.

But that could be the tip of the iceberg. According to the folks at Android Police Google is getting ready to bring its “Ok, Google” voice actions to just about every one of the company’s core Android apps.

There’s also a chance that an API could let third party apps tap into Google’s voice actions, but it’s not clear if Google will offer such an API yet.

OK Google Everywhere

The idea is that in addition to using your voice to launch an app or search for content, you’d be able to use your voice to perform specific actions within apps.

For example, fire up the camera app and talk to your phone or tablet to share a photo or open the image editor. In some apps, Google could even provide a list of suggested actions when you say “Ok, Google,” much the way Google Glass users can see a list of available actions when they start talking to their eyewear.

The feature is currently going by the name of Ok, Google everywhere, but that could be subject to change… as could everything else in the Android Police Report — although the team has a pretty good track record of tracking down upcoming changes in Android apps and services.

Like many other recent Android services from Google, it’s likely that Ok, Google everywhere will not be part of the Android Open Source Project, which means that device makers will need to meet the Google Mobile Services requirements if they want to use the feature on their devices. The good news is that most Android phones and tablets sold these days meet those requirements (or they wouldn’t ship with Google apps such as Gmail, Google Maps, and YouTube).

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3 replies on “Report: “Ok, Google” hotwords coming to most Google apps”

  1. What are they listening to the other 99.9% of the time I wonder?

    1. And that’s one of the reasons why I use a different assistant app that only runs when I start it. Google eats up way too much of my battery, thus I freeze nearly all google stuff on my phone — amazing standby battery life after that 😀

      Until I can trust google more and they become kinder to mobile device battery life I’ll stick with my current scheme.

    2. When I discovered this feature on my new cell phone, my first reaction was wow this is cool! Which was followed by that is pretty scary, then by this is ORWELLIAN scary. I imagine it would be a simple matter to program other key words in and then pass the results on with a quick encrypted text message (using voice recognition) burried in the other internet traffic.

      Is this auditable code, or is it trust us, we have a privacy policy?

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