Android 4.4 KitKat may bring 'always listening' feature to phones
14th Oct 2013 | 09:42
And Google might be lauching some new Experiences
One of the Moto X's headline acts is its "always listening" feature and it doesn't look like Google was just throwing it out as a one-time thing.
A leaked build of Android 4.4 KitKat running on a Nexus 5 suggests that it will come packing the same feature. While its been available via Google Search until now, KitKat could see this moved to the forefront.
The function would work with an "Ok Google Now" voice command, or even just a simple "Ok Google" as the leaker claims to have made work from the home screen.
As with the Moto X, we suspect you'll be able to switch the feature off, meaning the NSA-fearers among you needn't start panicking. Right now it's not clear whether it will also function when the phone is asleep.
Plus, it's worth nothing that this will probably also have certain hardware requirements as well, so this ability may just be limited to the Nexus 5 for now.
What's more, Android Police reports a new launcher called Google Experience will be arriving on Android 4.4, so this could all be tied together. Right now though, it's all smoke and mirrors.
But it won't be long to wait, as Android 4.4 KitKat will arrive later this month.
- And what about the Nexus 5? Here's everything we know right now