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How to install the new Google Now virtual concierge in Android Jelly Bean on your rooted CM9 device

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How to install the new Google Now virtual concierge in Android Jelly Bean on your rooted CM9 device
Arguably the most forward-looking feature of the new Android 4.1 Jelly Bean version is its Google Now virtual concierge service, which chimes in with reminders, train and flight schedules, restaurant info for the are you are strolling, and so on, depending on the time of day, your mood and the surroundings.

If you have been jelly that only a handful of device are being able to take advantage of Google Now in Jelly Bean, now you will have something to celebrate, as the service has just been ported to rooted Android ICS phones, running AOSP ROMs like CyanogenMod 9, which got released for 37 popular handsets recently

Unfortunately, that cool new Google Voice Search hasn't been ported yet, as it is an integrated part of Jelly Bean, but if you are interesting in trying out Google Now on your CM9 device, download the APK file from the source link, and follow the steps below:

  • 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.

source: Febycv (XDA-Devs)

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posted on 04 Jul 2012, 03:33 3

1. Phullofphil (Posts: 798; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)


It does not work on my nexus but I am sure it's me

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 14:28

4. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


are you rooted.?

did you install it as a system app
did you rename google search
did you change sdk back to 15
did you change the permissions correctly
do you have cm9, or aokp or anything based on asop?

its still probably you

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 11:10

2. arsenalfan411 (Posts: 6; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)


it wont let me edit the sdk= 16

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 14:24

3. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


i use root explorer

did you mount system? you need to mount system before you edit it
and you need to open in text editor and press save

works for me, voice just doesn't work

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 20:34

5. bayusuputra (Posts: 941; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


It worked for me, but sadly there is a lot of bugs.. I can have cards and stuff, but intermittently, the search function freezes and i can't make any search.. But it works nonetheless.. Just need some more works/optimisations, I think.. I reverted back to my old search box already, since I don't think I will use the cards often.. I don't even use weather app on my device.. HTC Desire S running IceColdSandwich v8.2.1 with Linaro AOKP ROM.. (oh, yeah, that Linaro makes it real fast!)

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