Just say 'Ok Google' + Always-On Listening
Hey there everyone, here is a new feature that Google introduced recently which surprisingly has been overlooked by a number of sites. However, before I get to that you should probably have a look at Google Now on your device and see what you have written in the search box.
Here is how it looks on my Nexus 7 (2013) -
Now, here is how it looks on my HTC One -
Notice the differences? My Nexus 7 has 'say Ok Google' as a command while my HTC One shows 'say Google', and that's just the first of the differences. Upon launching Google Now on both devices and saying the command 'Google', only my HTC One registers it, and vice versa when trying it with the 'Ok Google' command.
Now for the big change. Just for fun I decided to say 'Ok Google, how tall is the Eiffel Tower?' no surprise there, the results come back. Now what you would normally have to do at this point is to touch the mic icon to ask the next question, but on a hunch I said 'Ok Google, how tall is it?' and it registered the command while viewing the results, and it kept on registering it for the next 15 times I tried it!
You'd be familiar with this feature if you've used the Moto X, or Google Glass and it is almost identical, save for the fact that it only works when Google Now is open, as opposed to being any state (on, off, being in another app, etc.)
So there you have it folks, once you launch Google Now you will literally never need to ever touch the mic icon ever again, and at this point it serves little purpose being there, if at all.
Lastly, it's quite possible that at present this feature is only working on Nexus devices considering that both my Nexus 7 and HTC One are running on Google Search v2.8.7.
Google Now, now has 'always-on' listening while displaying results, provided that it is open in the foreground.
I've spoken to Artem Russakovskii (Android Police) and as expected, this is in fact a new feature which appears to have begun rolling out very recently, possibly earlier today and has been confirmed to be working on Nexus 7 (2013), Nexus 7 (2012) and Nexus 4.