An update to Google Now is available to download from the Play Store right now, bringing cards for films and emergency alerts.
In a very surprising move, Google have announced than an upcoming update to their iOS Google application will feature an improved voice search, much like the one introduced exclusively for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
I should clarify that the new update will not actually bring the parts of Google Now that learn about you to give you relevant information. The only part that Google are transferring is the voice search which brings up a web result, however the application will respond in voice in a way that is almost identical to Jelly Bean.
The update is expected to roll out in the next couple of days. It’s an odd move considering that, following a wide variety of videos showing that Google Now is better than Siri, Google’s voice search was one of the most appealing features on Android.
Google Now is without a doubt one of the best features in Jelly Bean. Just like Siri, I was sceptical about how much it would actually be used, but as I mentioned in the review I posted earlier, it’s a utility which has much more use than appears at first glance.
Having such a feature means that everybody is desperate to get their hands on it, but the trouble is that as it’s a Jelly Bean-only feature, it’s not going to officially come to any phone other than the Nexus series any time soon.
Luckily, the trusty folks over at XDA developers have been working hard to get a functioning port of Google Now on Android phones which aren’t lucky enough to be running Jelly Bean. A while ago we posted that it was available, but wasn’t functioning correctly. However it would appear now that the entire application is working. I haven’t had a chance to try it yet as I am already running a port of Jelly Bean on my HTC Desire S, but by looking around the web today I can gather that it works perfectly.
To download Google Now, follow this link to XDA developers. There you can find the small list of requirements you need and the instructions on how to install it.