I wanted this app for 1 reason - to be able to press and hold the HOME key to open Google's Voice Search directly and not the Google Now Launcher home (whatever that view with the cards is). I can already say "OK Google" from any screen - but sometimes I'd rather just have the voice prompt directly (such as when I'm around other Android phones which are all listening for "OK Google"!) Anyway, just wanted to say this app works perfectly for what I'm doing. I'm using a Galaxy S6 running 6.0.1 and like the instructions say you have to first set this app as your 'device assistant' which is buried in the settings. Also, I needed to change the settings in the app to auto-start the app as well (not show it in a list/menu).
I had a panic attack when Google Assistant infected my phone. Why does everyone assume I want to speak to my phone? And disabling Google Assistant just results in long-press-home bringing up a dialog stating Google Assistant is disabled. How useless! This app elegantly allowed me to go back to launching Google Now via long-press-home. Just set it as the default "phone assistant app" and then set it to auto start if only one app is selected.
Does just what it claims to do for me on my S5 running Marshmallow. I was able to get rid of the unwanted Google Assistant which took over the long press of my Home Button in a recent update. This app allows you to replace it with another app. In my case I just wanted the Google Search home page like I previously had. Simple and very useful app. Thanks.
Works I hated the way long pressing the home button on my Galaxy devices opened Google without the keyboard. I had to then click on the search bar to launch the keyboard. By using this app to automatically launch the Google search activity shortcut, I've solved a problem that has irritated me for years!!! One long press action and the keyboard is instantly there for use. Good work 😎
Thank you for this! Google screwed me by making the "assistant" my default home key long press. Stupid assistant only accepts voice input. I just want to type my search query! This app let me customize my home key long press.
Great idea! I downloaded so I can type my questions after long pressing the home button. The awful Google Assistant doesn't let you do that.
Android 6 Marshmallow users need to manually change the "Assist" app. See here:
Dec/2015: Android 6 Compatibility