Open Mic+ offers another alternative to get Touchless Control on your Android device

Open Mic+ offers another alternative to get Touchless Control on your Android device
Everyone wants to offer users a way to get the same Touchless Control that you would find on a new Motorola device on any other Android device. There are some options to do this, including a couple that we suggested before; but, all will run into issues of battery life if you want it to be listening all the time. It's hard to offer the same functionality without the hardware designed to support it. But, another entrant, Open Mic+ has come along to give it a try.

Unlike the other options that we have suggested in the past, Open Mic+ is the first to really try to recreate the Touchless Control idea directly. Our top choice for the job was Utter!, which is a free voice command app that gives a ton of options not offered by Google Now, and is compatible with most devices, but it didn't give an easy way to access Google Now itself. AutoVoice offered an easier way, but it required Tasker, which is a somewhat intimidating app for many. 

Open Mic+ is as simple as can be. Once you start the service (which can be started on your device boot), it will start listening for the keyphrase "OK Google Now". You can change the keyphrase to anything you want, and there is an option to have it listen even when the device is asleep, but that will really kill your battery (we've seen it suck 10% of our Nexus 4 battery in less than an hour of informal testing.) The app does offer hooks into Tasker for more powerful automation, but doesn't require it, which is very nice. 

If you want to give Open Mic+ a try, it is free in the Google Play Store and requires Android 4.1 or higher. 

Download: Open Mic+



1. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2363; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Gimmick. .....

2. thachlel

Posts: 75; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Even touchless is still useless

6. htc_evo_3d

Posts: 84; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

Its useless until you start to use it

8. hybris

Posts: 56; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

"I will not use this," does not equal useless. Lots of phones have lots of stuff that lots of people won't use. This will not be one of those features. I wonder how boring smartphones would be if developers and manufacturers shared your attitude.

9. Hmong_Xiong

Posts: 32; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

You mean like touchwiz; I got the S3 when it came out and i thought it was ba with all its "smart features" then i realized i only use about 2 or 3 of them

3. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I see a world of uses with idea. It may not be all that right now but this is changing things imo. Others will follow.

4. mottykels

Posts: 387; Member since: May 15, 2013

This is ive been waiting for, a touchless control alternative ;)

7. htc_evo_3d

Posts: 84; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

its not gonna help until your device have a specially dedicated low power consumption companion processor ....

5. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

getting somewhere,..not bad.

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