Want Google Now, now? – Tutorial

You are here if you have got a new Galaxy S III but did not like the S Voice assistant. Google Now which is a new client may fulfill your needs then! Stuff that is in today’s tutorial is how you can install Google Now on your rooted Galaxy S3 running ICS. This does not affect your cell phone behavior rather than the assistant’s. Since Android 2.2 – Google was going smoothly with their voice assistant but as Apple came with their Siri inside the iPhone 4S, Siri became virally popular… Even Google’s S Voice received the love of many Android lovers with an open heart, they are now with something even wonderful. But as every dog has their days – Google is now here with a new voice assistant called “Now”. Google Now can perform almost any activity you want on a mobile. Check the weather, get updates on your favorite Basketball team or text your friends and family – no matter how you talk, casually or formally – they have it covered.


You might use third party applications but never can get that 100% genuine and powerful performance you can get in a built in application. That’s why when Google released the almost surprisingly efficient voice assistant “Google Now” with Jelly Bean, all of us who heard about it or saw its demo started craving to have it on our devices, without having to wait for the official Jelly Bean update on how to install it on ICS, with full voice support. Still, installing it on the Galaxy S III didn’t disable S Voice or fully replace its OS integration but today, we are taking care of that as well.

Ready to fully replace S Voice on your rooted SGSIII on ICS with Google Now? Here are the instructions.

Perform this at your own risk. We will not be held responsible for any harm caused.


What to do:

  1. Download the Google Now flashable zip and transfer it to your phone’s internal SD card.
  2. Reboot your phone into recovery.
  3. To be on the safe side, take a backup.
  4. Install the zip file from recovery.
  5. Reboot your device and confirm that you have an app named ‘Google’ in your app drawer.
  6. If you haven’t done so already, launch the Latitude app that comes with Google Maps, and confirm any prompts required to sign in to Latutide.
  7. Launch Google Now and follow the initial setup steps, till you can see your cards.
  8. Launch S-Voice and from its settings, disable ‘Launch S-Voice’.
  9. Install Home2 Shortcut on your phone using the link given above, and launch it.
  10. Select the double tap home (Home > Home) option and from the application list, select ‘Voice Search’. Complete any further instructions you get in Home2 Shortcut.
  11. Launch Google Now again and tap Menu > Refresh.
  12. Reboot your device, and you’re done!

Now Enjoy your Samsung Galaxy S3 that’s on ICS running Google NOW.

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