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How to install Google Now on Ice Cream Sandwich

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How to install Google Now on Ice Cream Sandwich

Google Now is a mobile personalized search application created by Google . It’s an interesting system that could be described as Google’s take on Siri, but that’s not entirely a fair description. Google Now allows you to perform searches by voice and provides a mix of pre-computed information along with web searches, but it goes further by offering persistent “cards” that automatically populate based on your searches.

Google now comes pre-installed on Android 4.1 (JellyBean) but if you are still on 4.0 (Ice cream Sandwich) have no fear, the XDA guys have figured a way to get it to work on yor device too.

Requirements:

  • You Device must be rooted!
  • You should be running a custom recovery like ClockWorkMod Recovery (CWM) or Team Win Recovery Project (TWRP). I use CWM 6.0.
  • You should run any ICS or CM9 Rom that doesn’t have any changes in google apps, if you use this on Gingerbread you risk bricking your phone!
  • You should follow the instructions to the end

 

Instructions:

There are two methods, I’ll recommentd the first (flashable file) because it’s easier and straight forward.

Recovery [Flashable Zip]:

  • Download the Offline package. [Offline Package Download]
  • Put it into your SD card.
  • Boot into recovery [Turn off your phone, hold Volume Up and Down+ Home Button + Power Button.]
  • In CWM, go to “Install zip from SD” and select that.
  • Next, highlight “Choose zip from SD card” and select it.
  • Scroll down to the Google Now zip you copied into your SD card and then select it.
  • Scroll down and select the option that says “Yes – Install Google Now….zip
  • Once it’s done select the “Reboot System Now


Manual:

  • Download The Google Now Apk. [Google Now Apk]
  • Open up Root Explorer and go to your downloaded apk.
  • Rename the apk to “GoogleQuickSearchBox.apk
  • Now go to [System – App] mount R/O and rename “GoogleQuickSearchBox.apk” to “GoogleBackUp.bak
  • Now copy the downloaded apk [The one you renamed to “GoogleQuickSearchBox.apk“] to [System – App]

As always, install at your own risk, but if you follow the instructions we gave you, you will be fine.

Source: XDA

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