Get Google Now on Your Rooted Ice Cream Sandwich Phone
Android: Google Now is one of the coolest features of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, but if you’re running an Ice Cream Sandwich ROM, you can get it on your device with just a few small tweaks.
This only works on AOSP Ice Cream Sandwich ROMs, so you won’t be able to get it if you’re running, say, an HTC Sense Ice Cream Sandwich ROM—you’ll need something like CyanogenMod 9. To get it working, download the APK and perform the following steps:
- Open Root Explorer or another root-enabled file explorer and go to
- Tap the “Mount R/W” button, then scroll down to
build.propand press and hold on it. Tap “Open in Text Editor”.
- Find the line that says
ro.build.version.sdk=15and change it to read
ro.build.version.sdk=16. Press the menu button and tap “Save and Exit”.
- Go to
GoogleQuickSearchBox.apk. Rename it to
GoogleQuickSearchBox.apk1. If that file doesn’t exist (it didn’t for me), just skip this step.
- Reboot your phone and install the Google Now APK, once again available here.
- Go back and edit
build.propas described in step two, and change the
ro.build.version.sdkline back to
Not everything works perfectly (voice search is completely broken, for example), but it’s still much better than the current Google search app. You’ll get the advanced Knowledge Graph-based search, as well as smart cards for things like weather, nearby restaurants, and more. Note that every phone is different, so your mileage may vary—so hit the link below to try it out and see what happens.