‘Ok Google’ to get major expansion and new navigations coming to Android


The “OK Google” hotword has already evolved from its inception, but as with all Google products, there is a lot more on the way. Android Police is reporting that the “OK Google’ hotword will move to an “everywhere” concept. The biggest addition will be with apps, which could mean that you will be able to search from within apps. The rumor is that it would be done while the app is opened, but I would expect it to be searchable even if the app isn’t active on your screen. For example, you might be able to add items to your favorite grocery list app via “OK Google.” We have been hearing about this type of evolution for a while now, so hopefully it will happen sooner rather than later.


The next part of the rumor is something entirely different and something that has never been reported. Google might be changing the current navigation structure in Android as in replacing the Home button with a Google Icon. In this configuration, pressing the “Google” button would open search, which begs the question of how you would get to the default home screen? Right now the thought it that it would be done through the recents, which doesn’t make much sense. The other interesting question has to be what other manufacturers would do if this does get implemented? Could Google mandate the “Google” button? Unfortunately we don’t know at this time, but since it would be a “Google” branded button, one would think they might be able to mandate it. We will have to wait and see.

source: Android Police

About the Author: Robert Nazarian

Robert lives in upstate New York where he was born and raised. Technology was always his passion. His first computer was a Radio Shack TRS80 Color that used a cassette tape to save programs, and his first laptop was a Toshiba T1200FB that sported a CGA greyscale screen and two 720kb floppy drives (no hardrive). From the early 90’s through late 2011, he only owned Motorola phones starting with the MircroTAC all the way through to the Droid X. He broke that streak when he bought the Galaxy Nexus. Now he's sporting a Galaxy Note 4, and absolutely loves it. He has a wonderful wife and a 6 year old son. In his free time he enjoys sports, movies, TV, working out, and trying to keep up with the rapid fast world of technology.