Thursday , March 30 2017

‘Ok Google’ hotword detection working for some Android Auto users


For as long as we’ve had Android Auto there has been one question above all else that has plagued users: Why oh why doesn’t it work with ‘OK Google’. Surely their in-car preferably hands-free interface is the number one place to have OK Google detection?

Well, whatever the reason it seems Google is finally rolling out OK Google hotword detection to the Android Auto App, for both standalone and in-dash systems. Unfortunately, it seems that the update is either US only, has a server side component or perhaps even both.

Despite sideloading the latest version of the app, none of the Ausdroid staff could get it working. The way to tell if it’s “worked” is to go into the voice settings in the Google app and check the working for “While driving”, if it says “Works in Google Maps” you’re not upgraded if it says “Works in Google Maps and Android Auto” you are. See below.

If you’ve got the update or you just noticed you’ve got the new functionality let us know, we really hope it’s just a normal Google slow rollout.

Source: Android Police.

Duncan Jaffrey   Associate

Duncan has been interested in technology since coding "Mary had a little Lamb" in Basic on his ZX Spectrum. A fan of all things Android, most days you'll find Duncan trawling the web for Android news or quietly editing away on Map Maker.

  • James Cuneo

    Works for me on s7 using google now launcher and android auto version from the play store.

  • Simon Gascoigne

    Works for me on Nexus 6P in a Skoda Fabia (my Google account is currently set to US)

  • Reg

    working for me – Xperia z3 compact – Google app is latest beta, all set to Au

  • Phill Edwards

    Looks like mine updated, though I can’t turn it on.

    • Fred

      Same as mine, if “From any screen” is turned on, the “While Driving” is greyed. However it still works, just test it in the Auto app.

  • Anthrox

    Working my Hyundai Tucson, Nexus 6P, Android 7.1.1 Preview 2 (Australian Account)

    While Driving is Gray due to having Always on enable if you disable it then you can have a choice if on all the time or only while driving/maps.

    if you’re having problems maybe just check the smart lock in Security settings as you might need to enable it and train you voice

  • lu99ke

    S7 edge working perfectly.

  • Simon

    Works perfectly with my Nexus 6P

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