Google Now made available to ICS devices via Flashable zips!

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    If you are lucky enough to be in the 10% of Android users that are currently running Jelly Bean on your Android device then the rest of the world envies you! Also you know just how super cool Google Now is! Google Now is kind of like the much fancier, hipper version of Siri, and did i mention its better than Siri. It has super accurate dictation abilities, voice search, and this nifty cards feature. If you are running an ICS rom on your phone then I have some good news for you. Developer "Cajunflavoredbob" over at XDA has put together some flashable.zip files. The only requirements are that you must be rooted and have clockworkmod recovery installed. Then just download the file and flash! Pretty easy stuff.


    Grab the files needed here Via Droid-Life
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    ICS Rom or can I be on stock rooted ICS on my S3?
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    Has anyone put this on their Bionic running ICS yet? I haven't been able to get CWM Recovery working on my Bionic with ICS.

    Any help would be great.
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    Haven't flashed Google Now yet but Bionic Bootstrap for ICS will get you CWM running -- that I have done.
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    That's what I'm trying to figure out.
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    works for bionic running .232 ICS. Only thing i cant figure out is alarms. The alarm is set properly but i get no notification of it (no sound, vibrate, text, nothing). Everything else working great. Used Mikey's 6 online/offline
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    Screw it, imma nandroid backup and try it. Google Now sounds pretty awesome.
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    Just checked, doesn't appear to work on rooted ics on my s3. No app icon and see no changes. Probably a /system space issue.
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    Modder, did you mean 1% running JB?

    Yes, thank you, I am in the 1%, lol :)

    Yea, Google Now is VERY cool. It is lightning fast and even understands most queries over moderate TV or road noise is you raise your voice slightly. I may need to root my Rezound now.....
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    got it flashed and installed on droid 4, but it force closes every time I open it.
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    Im on 223 stock and it installs but when I reboot its just a black screen. Had to unsafe strap back.

    I was hoping to play with this today :(
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    Just installed this on my SGS 3 running stock rom and it works perfect! Awesome job guys, thanks!
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    I had bionic bootstrapper on rooted .232. Simply went to bootstrapper, hit bootstrap recovery, reboot recovery, and followed the steps in the thread. Works great
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    Has anybody tried this who manually installed Google Now back before they got voice search working? I want to make sure I'm not gonna brick my phone before I flash this
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    I installed this the manual way and it never worked. I am not on an AOSP Rom, so I had a good idea it wouldn't work. This time (same stock rom), I just flashed the zip and did nothing with the Velvet.apk and it works perfectly. I did make a backup before flashing just to be safe. I recommend the same for you.
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    Turns out it did install in my stock rooted s3. I didn't realize it was the Google app. I thought it would be called Google now. Also I thought it ran on the lock screen. It does launch and so far it's only showing me the weather. It won't let me add a sports team though.
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    Can this be installed using Safestrap? I downloaded the files and moved the zip to my sd card. Because safestrap won't let you install a zip from the sd card in "unsafe mode" I enabled "safe" mode and installed the file. I rebooted (still in safe mode) I got to the splash screen for safestrap, waited the 10 seconds and the screen went dark and would not start at all. I eventually was able to restart with the power and volume buttons pushed. I tried this several times with the same result. I disabled safestrap and rebooted with no problem. I can not find Google Now so it seems like it did not install. I'm on a rooted Razr Maxx on 6.16.215 Android Version 4.04. Any thoughts on what I'm doing wrong?
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    Honestly, I never got anything to work with Safestrap on my Bionic with ICS. I had to use this to install it :
    Hotfile.com: One click file hosting: BionicBootstrap.apk

    Worked a lot better than Safestrap. Every time I installed something with Safestrap it went to a black screen.
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    I tried installing it via safe strap on my bionic and it boot looped. I had to safe strap back to stock
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    It seems like safestrap may be the problem. I uninstalled safestrap. Using the 1.81 utility I installed bootstrap. How do I boot into bootstrap?



    Update. Figured it out and installed Google now with no problem. Don't use safestrap
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2012
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