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Google Now mobile app ready for RAZR MAXX and other ICS devices

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Google Now was originally going to be packaged with the latest Jelly Bean update from Google, but users that are already updated with Ice Cream Sandwich can get the mobile app now if they want to download it.  This works out perfectly for Droid RAZR MAXX users as they just got the update this week.  Barring anymore issues with the software, users should be able to download the Google Now app which is available for rooted Android 4.0 phones running AOSP based ROM’s.  The Google Now mobile app is an assistant type tool that will link all of the things that users use into a single app.

Wrapping all of the things that users use into one app can bring you all of your sports scores, local weather conditions and traffic updates as you need them.  The Google Now mobile app keeps an eye on what apps you use the most and then bundles that information into one place, so users do not have to bounce around from app to app to get the information they want now.  Google Now can also take questions from the users in a similar manner that Siri does for iPhone users.  Google Now features that are coming will include those that can control device functions by voice.

You can get the Google Now mobile app for Droid RAZR MAXX smartphones if you head over to the xda-developers forum or see the instructions for download and installation below.  Voice on the Google Now app is not working yet, but it will still give you an idea how the app works as a preview to the Jelly Bean update.  According to a user on the forums the steps below will help you get the Google Now app on your RAZR MAXX device.

First, you are going to want to download the Google Now app for Android 4.0.  Then follow along with (do this at your own risk):

  • Install Root Explorer on the phone and open it.
  • Open /system in Root Explorer.
  • Tap on ‘Mount R/W“.
  • Scroll until build.prop is on the screen.
  • Press and hold on build.prop, when a new menu opens tap on “Open in Text Editor”.
  • Search for the following line ro.build.version.sdk=15 and change it to ro.build.version.sdk=16.
  • Tap on Menu and press Save.
  • Navigate to /system/app and press and hold on GoogleQuickSearchBox.apk.
  • Rename the file to GoogleQuickSearchBox.apk1 or a similar file name to back up this file.
  • Reboot the phone.
  • Install the Google Now apk file.
  • Repeat steps 5 – 7 to edit the build prop file back to ro.build.version.sdk=15.
  • Reboot

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