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lukes91

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Guide

How to merge Xposed, Tasker, Autovoice and Google Now all together

Hi Guys!
This is a guide about how to integrate tasker, xposed, autovoice and google now and get our device to work with voice (even when screen is off)
Read carefully the disclaimer and follow the guide only if you know what you’re doing :p

Credits
Credits go to all the developers who created the apps/plugins/xposed modules I use in this guide and also to @memnoc who wrote this useful guide that gave me this idea...

I got some ideas also reading guides around the web, but I haven’t found one which merges all this things all together, so here it is :)

Purpose

The purpose of this guide is to let our devices act like a Nexus 5 or a Moto X: in the first one you can say “ok google” to launch Google Search in the homescreen, in the second one you can do that even when the phone is in standby :good:

Disclaimer

I’m not responsible for bricked devices or wrong setups, this is a part of my personal setup and I’m sharing this “as is”…
Moreover pay attention when setting up tasker, because if you make any mistake you might put your phone in a “non-unlocking loop” and you will be cut off from it…
I'm not using free versions of the apps, but the donate ones! (should work also on free versions, not sure anyway)
Remember also that this setup can drain a lot of battery as it enables our phones to listen to commands even with screen off (you can put a tasker trigger to let it work only with screen on, for example)
I’ve tried this setup only with my phone and it works, so if you test this on yours and it works, please let me know :)
You can edit this instructions to fit your needs, those are only a guideline…
I’ve got a lot of profiles and tasks in my tasker homescreen because I’ve made a lot of automation, so if I miss something please let me know, I’ll add it asap :)
if you use my guide and follow my instructions, then you accept the disclaimer :)

Requirements

Root (obviously)
Tasker
Secure settings
assistant event
Xposed
Autovoice
Google search api (xposed module)
You need to mod your google search app as described is memnco’s guide (link above)

Missing parts
I will not write down how to install xposed, modules and so on (you already know :))
I will only write how to merge everything

My setup
Htc One X
ViperX 4.0.7

Let’s start
When you have met all the requirements, you can start:

Google api configuration:

1) Open google api and tick both checkboxes and be sure autovoice is inside plugin list
attachment.php
attachment.php



Autovoice configuration:

1) Open autovoice and toggle continuous listener switch on
attachment.php


2) enable google now api integration
attachment.php


3) Edit search type to “both”
attachment.php


Tasker configuration:
**if you want, you can download a minimum working profiles setup from OP#3, but i suggest you to read ths part anyway**

Here there is the real important part… you will have to setup different tasks and toggles to have everything working, also because when you start google now autovoice continuous mode stops working and you have to re-enable it…
Keep in mind that if you want to perform tests or change anything during configuration you might need to restart autovoice continuous mode manually, as sometimes it stops working after configurations…
Nothing to worry about anyway ;)
Moreover, if you restart autovoice, pay attention to be in tasker home screen after setting up a task or a trigger, because if you have any pending task/profile configuration autovoice continuous mode might not work properly
p.s. I had those issues on my device with many other tasker triggers and tasks, so you might not encounter them along you way :)
if Tasker asks you Root permissions, give them to it…

I set my recognition language to en-EN because I’m Italian, infact when I talk to my phone I prefer to do this in English so I will not trigger anything while speaking to my friends J. I also set up a trigger word (viper in my case) so if I’m talking to someone and I say “home” my device will not reconfigure itself for home (to do that I will have to say “viper home”)
When prompting a command after a trigger word, wait a couple of seconds and I suggest you to setup a timeout for command recognition after trigger word…

My device has not an unlock pattern/sim/password, so it’s quite simple to wake it up with a word… if your device has some security lockscreen protection, search in tasker/secure settings instructions how to remove it and re-enable it again (only required if you want your device to listen to you even if its screen is off)

allow tasker external access in preferences and also uncheck beginner mode (should work even without external access, but not sure)

1) Setup a state trigger, call it Autovoice Daemon, search for plugin/Assistant Event for tasker, click it and click “pencil icon in top-right corner” after configuration: it will auto configure itself, do not do anything else here
2) Link a task to it, call it Autovoice Daemon and add plugin/Autovoice Recognize and configure it like mine
attachment.php

edit language according to your likings
3) Create a new state trigger, call it Autovoice Google, search for plugin/Autovoice Recognized and configure it this way: event behaviour “true”, command filter is “google” and trigger word is “viper” (that's for me, you can change it as you prefer)
4) Link a task to it, call it GN and set it up this way
attachment.php

--to setup secure settings, click add/plugin/secure settings and configure them… you will need 3: the first one is to enable keyguard, the second one to disable it and the third one is to wake device (set it to wake both screen and keyboard)

Now, if you restart the autovoice continuous mode and turn display off, after saying “viper google” Google Now should appear on display and you can say "ok google" to do what you want (in the language you want)… google api integration is required to let google handle autovoice triggers
Remember that launching google now will break autovoice continuous mode, so you will need to find a way to disable continuous mode and to re-enable it according to your needs… tasker can easily handle that…
For example I set tasker to turn off continuous mode when google now is opened and to turn it on again when I lock device (this is enough for my likings :))
I also set the phone to vibrate after recognition of “viper” trigger word, so I know when the trigger word has been accepted and I can tell the command…

Possibilities are unilimited :D let your fantasy guide you ;)

Hope you liked the guide, if I missed something or you want more explanations, tell me please :)
have a nice day!


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lukes91

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Tasker Minimum Working Confguration
(requirements descripted in OP must be met to getting this working)

ok guys, here attached you can find the minimum required profiled/tasks for getting everything working...
i've tried to delete all tasker data from my setup and imported only those and it worked, so you shouldn't encounter issues...
to be sure it will work, verify in tasker preferences that beginner mode is unticked and external access is allowed...
pay attention that those come from my personal configuration, so there might be instructions/settings/profiles/etc not suitable for your personal configuration and so i STRONGLY suggest you to check my profiles and tasks before activating them, i won't be responsible for issues/bricked devices/hair loss or apocalypse ;)
to import them, extract files from zip, put them to sd card, open tasker, click on profiles tab, select import and browse to the files...

the trigger word is "viper"
the word used to launch google now after saying "viper" is "google" (how much fantasy here :p)

the profile "autovoice recognised" is used only to make the phone vibrate when the trigger word is listened and recognized, so it's not "strictly" required to have everything working

in those profiles you won't fing anything to toggle autovoice continuous mode on/of or to preserve battery life, so if you set everything up the battery might drain very, VERY fast; sorry guys, but you will have to manage this on your own to fit your needs (anyway ask here if you want suggestions :))

please edit those profile according to your likings, so for example you can set them/add others so as phone will isten to your voice when it's inside car dock, it might be useful when driving... i assume that in this scenario car charger will be plugged in, so battery won't drain too much :)

if i forget something please let me know :)

p.s. i won't write the detailed guide if those profiles work, because it woult take a lot of time and moreover you can deduce all the steps looking at profiles uploaded here...

if you want to change trigger word, jump here ;)

Security Warning!
pay attention that enabling those profiles everyone who knows your trigger word can unlock and wake your device, even if an unlock sequence is set... i've not tested them with pin/password protection..
 
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I wanted to say that I did it before you did but never uploaded it on XDA nice work though now I had this working on my phone from the past 3 months you can have a look at my Google+ profile by my username

Now my main aim is to port the whole Moto X feature into my own ROM soon just need the code to be perfect and working let's hope
 
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lukes91

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I wanted to say that I did it before you did but never uploaded it on XDA nice work though now I had this working on my phone from the past 3 months you can have a look at my Google+ profile by my username

Now my main aim is to port the whole Moto X feature into my own ROM soon just need the code to be perfect and working let's hope

Sorry man, i couldn't know you already did it :) anyway i hope we can see this feature in every device from now on...

Sent from here
 

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I've got a Nexus 5 and I've been looking for a way to voice-wake the phone for months and although I've found workarounds, I've not found anything yet that will turn the phone on by voice.

So I tried this method word-for-word and it doesn't seem to have any effect. I dunno whether I'm using wrong intents within Tasker at certain steps or not but maybe a full, step-by-step for each additional task might be useful? Just to be sure that everyone is matching? Just a thought.

I know that the step to open Google Search isn't necessary on my device but the rest seems obvious enough....kinda.:eek:

Any thoughts or possible amendments from Nexus 5 owners?
 

lukes91

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I've got a Nexus 5 and I've been looking for a way to voice-wake the phone for months and although I've found workarounds, I've not found anything yet that will turn the phone on by voice.

So I tried this method word-for-word and it doesn't seem to have any effect. I dunno whether I'm using wrong intents within Tasker at certain steps or not but maybe a full, step-by-step for each additional task might be useful? Just to be sure that everyone is matching? Just a thought.

I know that the step to open Google Search isn't necessary on my device but the rest seems obvious enough....kinda.:eek:

Any thoughts or possible amendments from Nexus 5 owners?

I'll write down every step as soon as i've enough time, so we can double check if it will work :)
edit: i just checked my guide steps and my working settings on my phone, and they work, so i'll definitely write a post with detailed tasker steps, at least to wake up device :)

Sent from here
 
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autovoice is not showing up google plugin api downloaded all the requirements set google search api but it still dosent show up, need to if i am doing something wrong......
 

lukes91

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autovoice is not showing up google plugin api downloaded all the requirements set google search api but it still dosent show up, need to if i am doing something wrong......
autovoice showed me the option from the first time i looked for it, even installing the plugin after autovoice... try to restart autovoice or to reboot the device... anyway it's not strictly required to wake up device, it's required only to let google now handle autovoice triggers set inside tasker...
 

ct_tec313

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autovoice showed me the option from the first time i looked for it, even installing the plugin after autovoice... try to restart autovoice or to reboot the device... anyway it's not strictly required to wake up device, it's required only to let google now handle autovoice triggers set inside tasker...

ok that didn't work, set up everthing like you said, now can i use the donate version becuase apps have certain featues that are turned on when you purchase the full app, also went into tasker and the screeen you have set i don't see i think you need more detailed indtructions because im stuck right now.........
 

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With this working one should now be able to voice search with "ok google" without the google experience launcher? Ive been missing gestures which the GEL doesnt have, but dont want to give up the "ok google" search.
 

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can anyone give me more detailed instructions on how to use tasker never used the app before so in stuck at that step, my guess is he is assuning that one would no how to tasker but i totaly clueless on how to proceed any help would be greatly appreciated...thank you in advance
 

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Everything is set up, but Tasker states there are no active profiles, even though both profiles are toggled to "ON" in the profile menu :-/ Using RAZR Maxx HD

Anyone have any ideas? First time Tasker-er here.
 

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    Guide

    How to merge Xposed, Tasker, Autovoice and Google Now all together

    Hi Guys!
    This is a guide about how to integrate tasker, xposed, autovoice and google now and get our device to work with voice (even when screen is off)
    Read carefully the disclaimer and follow the guide only if you know what you’re doing :p

    Credits
    Credits go to all the developers who created the apps/plugins/xposed modules I use in this guide and also to @memnoc who wrote this useful guide that gave me this idea...

    I got some ideas also reading guides around the web, but I haven’t found one which merges all this things all together, so here it is :)

    Purpose

    The purpose of this guide is to let our devices act like a Nexus 5 or a Moto X: in the first one you can say “ok google” to launch Google Search in the homescreen, in the second one you can do that even when the phone is in standby :good:

    Disclaimer

    I’m not responsible for bricked devices or wrong setups, this is a part of my personal setup and I’m sharing this “as is”…
    Moreover pay attention when setting up tasker, because if you make any mistake you might put your phone in a “non-unlocking loop” and you will be cut off from it…
    I'm not using free versions of the apps, but the donate ones! (should work also on free versions, not sure anyway)
    Remember also that this setup can drain a lot of battery as it enables our phones to listen to commands even with screen off (you can put a tasker trigger to let it work only with screen on, for example)
    I’ve tried this setup only with my phone and it works, so if you test this on yours and it works, please let me know :)
    You can edit this instructions to fit your needs, those are only a guideline…
    I’ve got a lot of profiles and tasks in my tasker homescreen because I’ve made a lot of automation, so if I miss something please let me know, I’ll add it asap :)
    if you use my guide and follow my instructions, then you accept the disclaimer :)

    Requirements

    Root (obviously)
    Tasker
    Secure settings
    assistant event
    Xposed
    Autovoice
    Google search api (xposed module)
    You need to mod your google search app as described is memnco’s guide (link above)

    Missing parts
    I will not write down how to install xposed, modules and so on (you already know :))
    I will only write how to merge everything

    My setup
    Htc One X
    ViperX 4.0.7

    Let’s start
    When you have met all the requirements, you can start:

    Google api configuration:

    1) Open google api and tick both checkboxes and be sure autovoice is inside plugin list
    attachment.php
    attachment.php



    Autovoice configuration:

    1) Open autovoice and toggle continuous listener switch on
    attachment.php


    2) enable google now api integration
    attachment.php


    3) Edit search type to “both”
    attachment.php


    Tasker configuration:
    **if you want, you can download a minimum working profiles setup from OP#3, but i suggest you to read ths part anyway**

    Here there is the real important part… you will have to setup different tasks and toggles to have everything working, also because when you start google now autovoice continuous mode stops working and you have to re-enable it…
    Keep in mind that if you want to perform tests or change anything during configuration you might need to restart autovoice continuous mode manually, as sometimes it stops working after configurations…
    Nothing to worry about anyway ;)
    Moreover, if you restart autovoice, pay attention to be in tasker home screen after setting up a task or a trigger, because if you have any pending task/profile configuration autovoice continuous mode might not work properly
    p.s. I had those issues on my device with many other tasker triggers and tasks, so you might not encounter them along you way :)
    if Tasker asks you Root permissions, give them to it…

    I set my recognition language to en-EN because I’m Italian, infact when I talk to my phone I prefer to do this in English so I will not trigger anything while speaking to my friends J. I also set up a trigger word (viper in my case) so if I’m talking to someone and I say “home” my device will not reconfigure itself for home (to do that I will have to say “viper home”)
    When prompting a command after a trigger word, wait a couple of seconds and I suggest you to setup a timeout for command recognition after trigger word…

    My device has not an unlock pattern/sim/password, so it’s quite simple to wake it up with a word… if your device has some security lockscreen protection, search in tasker/secure settings instructions how to remove it and re-enable it again (only required if you want your device to listen to you even if its screen is off)

    allow tasker external access in preferences and also uncheck beginner mode (should work even without external access, but not sure)

    1) Setup a state trigger, call it Autovoice Daemon, search for plugin/Assistant Event for tasker, click it and click “pencil icon in top-right corner” after configuration: it will auto configure itself, do not do anything else here
    2) Link a task to it, call it Autovoice Daemon and add plugin/Autovoice Recognize and configure it like mine
    attachment.php

    edit language according to your likings
    3) Create a new state trigger, call it Autovoice Google, search for plugin/Autovoice Recognized and configure it this way: event behaviour “true”, command filter is “google” and trigger word is “viper” (that's for me, you can change it as you prefer)
    4) Link a task to it, call it GN and set it up this way
    attachment.php

    --to setup secure settings, click add/plugin/secure settings and configure them… you will need 3: the first one is to enable keyguard, the second one to disable it and the third one is to wake device (set it to wake both screen and keyboard)

    Now, if you restart the autovoice continuous mode and turn display off, after saying “viper google” Google Now should appear on display and you can say "ok google" to do what you want (in the language you want)… google api integration is required to let google handle autovoice triggers
    Remember that launching google now will break autovoice continuous mode, so you will need to find a way to disable continuous mode and to re-enable it according to your needs… tasker can easily handle that…
    For example I set tasker to turn off continuous mode when google now is opened and to turn it on again when I lock device (this is enough for my likings :))
    I also set the phone to vibrate after recognition of “viper” trigger word, so I know when the trigger word has been accepted and I can tell the command…

    Possibilities are unilimited :D let your fantasy guide you ;)

    Hope you liked the guide, if I missed something or you want more explanations, tell me please :)
    have a nice day!


    XDA:DevDB Information
    Voice Control with Xposed, Tasker, Autovoice, Google Now, a Tool/Utility for the Android General

    Contributors
    lukes91

    Version Information
    Status: Stable

    Created 2014-03-29
    Last Updated 2014-03-29
    7
    Tasker Minimum Working Confguration
    (requirements descripted in OP must be met to getting this working)

    ok guys, here attached you can find the minimum required profiled/tasks for getting everything working...
    i've tried to delete all tasker data from my setup and imported only those and it worked, so you shouldn't encounter issues...
    to be sure it will work, verify in tasker preferences that beginner mode is unticked and external access is allowed...
    pay attention that those come from my personal configuration, so there might be instructions/settings/profiles/etc not suitable for your personal configuration and so i STRONGLY suggest you to check my profiles and tasks before activating them, i won't be responsible for issues/bricked devices/hair loss or apocalypse ;)
    to import them, extract files from zip, put them to sd card, open tasker, click on profiles tab, select import and browse to the files...

    the trigger word is "viper"
    the word used to launch google now after saying "viper" is "google" (how much fantasy here :p)

    the profile "autovoice recognised" is used only to make the phone vibrate when the trigger word is listened and recognized, so it's not "strictly" required to have everything working

    in those profiles you won't fing anything to toggle autovoice continuous mode on/of or to preserve battery life, so if you set everything up the battery might drain very, VERY fast; sorry guys, but you will have to manage this on your own to fit your needs (anyway ask here if you want suggestions :))

    please edit those profile according to your likings, so for example you can set them/add others so as phone will isten to your voice when it's inside car dock, it might be useful when driving... i assume that in this scenario car charger will be plugged in, so battery won't drain too much :)

    if i forget something please let me know :)

    p.s. i won't write the detailed guide if those profiles work, because it woult take a lot of time and moreover you can deduce all the steps looking at profiles uploaded here...

    if you want to change trigger word, jump here ;)

    Security Warning!
    pay attention that enabling those profiles everyone who knows your trigger word can unlock and wake your device, even if an unlock sequence is set... i've not tested them with pin/password protection..
    6
    Tested working configurations

    HTC One X - ViperX 4.0.7 (Sense 5.0 and android 4.2.2)
    Galaxy Note 2 N7100 - Ditto Note 3 (thanks to @Daedulus Minion)
    Droid RAZR HD Maxx - Android 4.1.2 (thanks to @LifeAsADroid)
    4
    Contributors
    I would like to thank the following users for reporting their working configurations

    3
    I wanted to say that I did it before you did but never uploaded it on XDA nice work though now I had this working on my phone from the past 3 months you can have a look at my Google+ profile by my username

    Now my main aim is to port the whole Moto X feature into my own ROM soon just need the code to be perfect and working let's hope

    Sorry man, i couldn't know you already did it :) anyway i hope we can see this feature in every device from now on...

    Sent from here