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Google Now comes to a ton of ARMv7 handsets in an easily flashed zip

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Google Now comes to a ton of ARMv7 handsets in an easily flashed zip
If you've been jealous of Jelly Bean users and their ability to use Google Now, or even jealous of iOS users who seem to be getting at least the voice-powered Q&A half of Google Now, it looks like your time has come. For a while, Google Now was a Jelly Bean-only app, then it was hacked to work partially, then in full on Ice Cream Sandwich devices, and now it looks like it has been hacked for use on any ARMv7 device, which is a pretty lengthy list. 

As always, the news comes from those wonderful lads over at XDA Developers, specifically it looks like Mikeyxda's M6 is the best option out there. According to the post, you should be good to go as long as you have a rooted device with ClockworkMod Recovery, and an ARMv7 processor, which includes most Archos tablets, the Asus Transformer series tablets, and many of the premier handsets from HTC, Motorola, and Samsung going back a couple years.

Mikeyxda's M6 looks like the best option as it includes offline dictation, as well as most other options, but there are a few different options to try out. Each comes in an easy-to-flash zip file that shouldn't need any extra permission changes or anything like that. So, if you're comfortable with CWM, you should be all set. 

If you want to make sure your device is compatible, a partial list of ARMv7 devices is here.

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posted on 08 Aug 2012, 13:45 2

1. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


Time to try this out when I get home!

posted on 08 Aug 2012, 13:53 1

2. Savage (unregistered)


I wonder if Google will make this available as an app on the Play Store. Because all their apps are already there for updates.

posted on 08 Aug 2012, 14:37

4. qbeezy (Posts: 3; Member since: 23 May 2012)


Probably not since most of google now is embedded with in the jelly bean framework. Its not just a simple apk install.

posted on 08 Aug 2012, 22:13

9. Savage (unregistered)


Owww, Bollocks! >.

posted on 08 Aug 2012, 14:14 5

3. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5559; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


i literally just finished this before you guys posted the article. xD
i've got it working flawlessly on my Razr and i used the Touch enabled CWM recovery to get it which is weird btw, it works great but it's weird to touch things in recovery.

this is really fun to use i've got to say. do get this. i'll post Razr related links.

le root method:http://www.droidforums.net/forum/droid-razr-hacks/216562-droid-razr-utility-1-8-a.html

le cwm method:http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1751826

and of course the source link with the Google Now.zips. enjoy! this just took me 10-15 minutes to do but i was already rooted so project 20 minutes of your time to be put into this and do make a back up with CWM before you flash any Google Now.zips. please? you'll save yourself a lot of trouble.

posted on 08 Aug 2012, 15:29

5. mas11 (Posts: 1028; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


Cool I just need to find the CWM method for my DROID 4

posted on 08 Aug 2012, 15:41

6. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5559; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


if it worked on mine it should work on yours being that the build numbers are exactly identical. o:

but you know...with different model numbers. i don't see why it wouldn't work.

posted on 08 Aug 2012, 17:15 2

7. mas11 (Posts: 1028; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


I used the RAZR file and it worked like a charm! Finally I can show my friends with iPhones why Google Now kicks ass.

posted on 08 Aug 2012, 22:05

8. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5559; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


yeah, i can't wait to unleash this on my iPhone owning friends also. xD

posted on 09 Aug 2012, 01:03

10. Cyan3boN (Posts: 425; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


Any word on ARM V6 support

posted on 09 Aug 2012, 09:51

11. robocopvn (Posts: 175; Member since: 10 Mar 2010)


flashed it on my HP touchpad CM9. Seems to not recognize my voice :(( .. huh I dont think my english is that bad :(

but when it recognize, it's amazing :d

posted on 09 Aug 2012, 10:14

12. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


Flashed it right away when i got home. THIS IS GREAT!

posted on 09 Aug 2012, 12:24

13. indian90 (Posts: 2; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)


I have this on my phone! It's awesome!

posted on 09 Aug 2012, 12:33

14. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5559; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


i'm going to have to do this for my Xyboard 8.2 later. i'm already addicted. o:

posted on 09 Aug 2012, 13:45

15. robocopvn (Posts: 175; Member since: 10 Mar 2010)


I have problem activate the microphone. Sometime it works, sometim it stucks with the innitialzing .... then stuck for awhile. Does anyone know how to fix this ?

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 15:33

16. ncv144 (Posts: 126; Member since: 04 May 2012)


my phone had to be ARMv6...

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