When the Nexus 5 came around, a lot of people asked whether or not it would have a very popular feature of the Moto X: it's famous "Ok Google Now" wake-up hotword. People wondered if the MSM8974 chipset of the Nexus 5 supported Always-On Listening, considering various information from Qualcomm.
Well, here's your answer: Nexus 5 - Always-On Listening Proof of Concept
The hardware is there and the software is capable of handling it. It's far from being stable, and not releaseable in the current state (for various reasons). This is only just a proof-of-concept to show that it's possible.
I hope to be able to bring it to more people in the future, but not in the meantime.
EDIT: To further clarify, this is indeed using the dedicated audio processing chip of the S800 - that's the whole point of this PoC. The CPU is indeed turned off and isn't used at all for the audio processing.
Which is why I was glad I remember Dash. The app is the absolute opposite of Torque - glossy, not very customizable, social, and focussing on one primary metric - miles per gallon - but, truth be told, I can't get much useful information out of my adapter, anyway, so MPG is good enough for me. Plus, the app automatically turns on and off when it finds/loses connection with my adapter - several times now I've drained my phone's battery after I forgot to quit Torque after leaving my car. Both apps are great, depending on what you're looking to do, but I think I'm sticking with Dash.
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