Google Now from Jelly Bean now available for all ICS smartphones
I think you are all familiar with Google Now, the biggest feature introduced with Android Jelly Bean at Google I/O a few days ago. If not, you need the feature acts as a personal database to provide the most important info based on location, previous searches and interests. It also features a very complex voice assistant that managed to surprise most of us in a pleasant way as it’s better then anything out there.
As was the case with other Jelly Bean apps, XDA Developers member febycv managed to port the APK and found a way to make it work on any rooted ICS ROM. His method requires some build.prop editing. Here’s how he explains :
- Open Root Explorer & navigate to /system
- Now Open build.prop in Text Editor.
- Edit ro.build.version.sdk = 16 & save.
- Now go to /system/app & Rename GoogleQuickSearchBox.apk to GoogleQuickSearchBox.apk1
- Now reboot & install the app from the download link.
- Now edit build.prop & change ro.build.version.sdk = 15 & reboot.
There is also another version that does not require editing of the build.prop. You can download it from here, rename the APK to GoogleQuickSearchBox.apk, push it to System/App and set permisions RW-R-R. Don’t forget to backup the original app and .odex file before you proceed.