July 3, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka
I have a love affair going on with Google Now. Though the Nexus 7 and Jelly Bean as a whole got all the headlines at I/O last week, Google’s new voice search and command feature has easily become my favorite announcement to emerge from I/O. (Expect to read more on that in a day or two.)
Now, I’m happy to see that more people will get to experience it even if they don’t yet have Jelly Bean. Android users who are among the elite with access to a rooted Ice Cream Sandwich AOSP ROM can load up Google Now by making a few adjustments. Yes, there are already Jelly Bean ROM’s available to flash now, but not everyone is ready to switch from their current stable software of choice. If you just want to try out JB’s best feature, the folks over at XDA have managed to deliver it with some build prop editing.
XDA developer febycv found a way to load Google Now on a rooted ICS ROM by taking the following steps:
- 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.
If that all sound like gibberish to you, you probably aren’t rooted and need to start at the basics for your particular device. But if you understood that procedure, visit the XDA thread to get the required files and get started.
Please keep in mind that this works only with AOSP ROM’s – do not load this if you do not have an AOSP-based ROM. Also remember that Google Now works only for US English, so it will be of little value to non-English speakers.