Handsets with the Google Experience Launcher, like the Moto X, allow you to launch Google Now by simply saying "OK Google." To add this functionality to most Android phones, you'd have to install the Google Launcher, which would override the launcher currently in use (even custom ones).
With the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, you don't have to override your current launcher to get convenient access to Google Now; the always listening feature is built-in, it's just pointed to the wrong app (S Voice). By using one app, S for Switch Voice, you can use the default Note 3 voice command, or the Home button, to launch Google Now. Here's how:
Note: This shortcut application is not perfect. You will likely still see the S Voice app for a second before you are forwarded to the Google Now app. However, it does offer a convenient way to wake the phone up to the assistant you want to use, instead of to the app Samsung has designated for you.
The settings menu for S Voice.
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Before installing the app, open S Voice by pressing the Home button twice, then press the menu button. You will see a s... [Read more]