Google Search update backfires for some users, removes hands-free capability on alarms and timers

Google Search update backfires for some users, removes hands-free capability on alarms and timers
An update to Google Search has caused many Android users to miss their daily alarm clock wake-up. We don't know how many Android users were late to work, but the problem caused many who thought that their alarm was set, to discover that they had no alarm scheduled after all. Normally, using Google Now to verbally set an alarm simply required the user to say something like, "Set my alarm for 8am," and the phone would automatically set the alarm.

However, following the update, after speaking your request, the process requires the user to tap a "Set Alarm" button. And to make matters more confusing, not every Android phone has lost its hands-free capabilities. Apparently, the Motorola Moto X is one of the models that has been negatively affected by these shenanigans.

Using your smartphone as a timer or alarm clock has become second nature to most. If you create your alarm verbally, you should make sure that your alarm has truly been set. It only takes a few extra seconds to double check. And we don't have to remind you what could happen if you come to work late.

source: AndroidCentral



1. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

I'll hold on...till they fix all this problems...

7. TheMan

Posts: 494; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

It's been 2 or 3 days for me. I don't use alarms but I use the timer extensively. Losing automation is a pain and I am unable to use Timely.

2. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

I've noticed it day before yesterday...sometimes ocd is really helpful :-)

4. PhansMuneeb

Posts: 371; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Yeah me too noticed it yesterday.....its a bad move by Google Now.

15. timukh

Posts: 295; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Even I noticed it while setting the alarm. I though it was only me. I hope they fix it fast.

3. palmguy

Posts: 982; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Moto X! Noooooo!

5. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

am really disappoint by this..ive notice this just yesterday..pls google fix this as soon as possible!

6. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012


8. Sauce2

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

WTB quick fix for my phone pwease

9. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Damm it Google how can you mess this up?

12. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I find it funny that you are so quick to bash Google when the only positive news about Apple (Your platform of choice) is the record number of fools dumb enough to buy a phone that's plagued with so many issues. Bouble standards? I think so.

14. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Well your avatar and your "bouble" standards says everything that needs to be saying. For the record I'm using an android phone right now.

17. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Everyone is entitled to a type every now and then. Of course if that's the only response you're able to muster up then I take it you're incapable of defending your statement?

18. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Do you say that every time your pissing on an apple article?

19. Fellwalker

Posts: 538; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

When making fun of spelling, be careful. You wrote "your" instead of "you're".

10. flipjzn

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

This happened on iOS some time ago and was bashed bigtime! Just sayin......

11. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

This is the kind of stuff up only apple capable of before.

13. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Mine works fine. Then again I'm on the latest preview on the nexus 7.

16. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Google always does two steps ahead and one step backwards...

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