I stumbled into an interesting little problem with my Android phone. I was getting ready to send a text message to my wife when I couldn’t get my keyboard to appear. Google Voice had taken over and wanted me to do voice texting. I worked around it, got my Samsung keyboard back up and working and didn’t really think much of it. Then, a couple of days ago I tried to use my “Ok Google” to find and address. It didn’t work, and not having time to play around with the app, I simply typed the information in. Today, I decided to work some of the recent bugs out of my phone and I stumbled across an interesting little problem.
Language and Input / Google Voice Typing / “Ok Google” detection / From Any Screen – It was OFF. I had it set up to detect the command from any screen. So, I hit the section to turn it on, started through the process, then was told that Google could not access the microphone. What? So I slipped out of the settings area, went to the Camera where I have the phone set up to snap a picture on voice command, said “Smile” and the camera shot a picture. I reset the phone like the Google app recommended, then tried to the process all over again. Again, Google cannot access the Microphone, restart your phone and try again.
Twice playing this game and spending about twenty minutes looking for anything in the settings and I was not finding any solution. On top of that, when I went to the Google page on the phone and tapped the microphone, the app crashed. Time to do a little research on the internet.
Motto users were having a discussion about how they were looking at fixing the problem. There was talk about going into the App section of the phone’s settings, finding the Google App and setting the “Record Voice” setting to allowed. I can’t pick and choose app permissions. Then I found it. A person in the discussion online commented that they “uninstalled updates” on the Google App and it resolved the problem. That would make sense. It hit me that a Google Update had come in and screwed things up on the phone, knocking out my keyboard and when I over-rode that bug, it created the new one. Now, most of the time it wouldn’t be a problem. I would rather have my keyboard for texting than my Ok Google. But come on Google. You force this app onto Android users, you can at least put out updates that don’t create more problems than they fix.
So … Ok Google just stopped working. Go to your Settings / Applications / find Google and uninstall updates. That should fix the problem and hopefully soon Google will correct the problem in the updates that crashed the feature.