Previously, I wrote about my Experience of using Google Now. No doubts it’s an amazing App; everyone would want this App on their Android device but, Google has launched the Google Now App only for Android Jellybean! But wait my friends, now there is a Hack to port this to your device running ICS. This method is deviced by our friends at XDA devlopers forum. [Credit to Mikeyxda]
Disclaimer: This method is only for users having a processor with ARMv7 architecture running ICS (Android version 4.0+) Please note that even though the process is quite safe, flashing any file is at your own risk. We cannot be held responsible for any damaged devices!
- Your device needs to be rooted.
- Take a Nandroid backup of your system before doing anything.
- Install the App ES File explorer or any other File Manager App of your choice that lets you change permissions.
- Download the Google Now zip file (to be flashed)
The main process is quite simple, it is given as follows:
- Place the Google Now zip file in the root of SDcard.
- Reboot your device into Recovery mode. (Each device has a different method to enter Recovery mode. If in doubt, Google the procedure for your device)
- Navigate to “Install zip from SD” in your Recovery and select it.
- Then select “Choose zip from SD card”
- Then navigate to the file you downloaded and select it.
- Scroll down and select the option that says “Yes – Install Google Now….zip“
- Once the flashing process is done reboot system.
Ideally this should do the trick but just to double-check follow these steps:
- Once the system boots completely, open the ES File explorer.
- For those who are using ES explorer for the first time:
- Click on Menu button and select Settings menu.
- Slide down till you see the option upto Root. Click on that!
- Then go all the way down and under the label Root Settings, select Root Explorer (refer the screenshot)
- An Alert box will pop up; Give it the required SU permission.
- Also click on “Mount file system”
- Now press Back and return to main window
- Navigate to /system/usr/srec/ and find two folders named “config” and “en-US”
- Long press the “config” folder icon to bring up the options menu, then scroll down to Properties.
- See if the properties match this screenshot:
- If it matches leave it alone, else select the appropriate permissions.
- Do the same process for the “en-US” folder.
Voila! You are ready to use Google Now. If any questions or queries arise, feel free to ask the same in the comments section below.