If you want an app to do this you should checkout Noyze.
Did you have any luck sending it off to fix the hardbrick? I'm in the same situation.
I didn't send it off. I found a guy that's about an hour away that will do it for $50 but I just haven't gone to him yet.
Isn't that Google now? Which our devices already have? That's the command phrase.
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Yes, but with this you don't have to even touch the phone to activate Google now....