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Nova Launcher updated, brings "Ok Google" hotword support

A new version of Nova Launcher is rolling out, bringing several new features including "Ok Google" hotword support.
June 3, 2014

The latest version of Nova Launcher has arrived to Google Play bringing with it a few new improvements, chief among them is added support for the “Ok, Google” hotword.

Basically with the new “Ok, Google” hotword you’ll be able to launch Google Search from anywhere within the Nova homescreen. This works pretty much the same way as the Google Experience Launcher, but it’s a welcome addition for those that want hotword support but are also allured by some of Nova’s other features.

As you might guess, the Ok Google support won’t work with every device. You’ll need Android 4.1 or higher and a phone that supports low-power active listening. If you have a newer mid-range or high-end device, you probably won’t run into any problems here.

Wondering what else is new, aside from “Ok, Google” hotwording support? Here’s the full change-log:

  • Ok, Google – Use Google’s voice hotword from within Nova Launcher. Requires Jellybean and a device/locale Google supports for hotword.
  • Subgrid positioning – More flexible layouts by snapping items halfway through the grid
  • Dynamica Calendar Icons – Supports Today Calendar’s Dynamic Calendar Icon, also supported by some icon themes such as Domo or KEX
  • Color options – icon labels, tabs, backgrounds

To grab the latest Nova Launcher update, you’ll want to head over to Google Play. As always, using the app is free, although there is $4 premium version with a few extra features.