CNET Editors' review
Google Now shocked a lot of people when it was released. The super cool personal assistant ran circles around Apple's Siri and had all sorts of amazing features. The only catch was that it was only available with Jelly Bean, which is on a small number of gadgets. GNow Handlebars can help you get it on an Ice Cream Sandwich phone, which opens up more options. However, you'll have to know a bit about third-party apps to make it work.
Since you can't get this app through Google Play, you'll have to install the .apk file yourself. Once you do, you then have to put it on your phone through a side-loader. If all of this sounds like gibberish to you, you might want to wait until your phone can get Google Now officially rather than tinkering with this. Don't be too afraid, though; GNow Handlebars is remarkably plug-and-play for an unsupported app. You don't have to install a custom ROM and it installs itself for the most part. There can be some minor hiccups during the install process, but nothing that a reboot won't fix. Once you've got Google Now on your phone, it works just like it would if your phone ran the Jelly Bean operating system.
Since even mid-tier Androids come with Ice Cream Sandwich, it's likely you already have it. That makes this an exciting app. GNow Handlebars works seamlessly if you know what you're doing. It will be like clockwork if you're into rooting or installing custom ROMS. If you're not, the stellar search and voice control of Google Now may make it worth a try.
From SquareOne Tech Solutions:
Are you tired of flashing Google Now zips only to find out the flash did not work or messed up something unintentionally? Are you tired of manually installing Google Now components over and over again to find that you some how made a mistake and need to start over? Do you not fully understand how to flash zips or manually add files to your system folders? Well fear no more. Introducing the first application that can download, install or remove Google Now and restore Google Search to your phone without the need of flashing zips or manually adding and manipulating the files.
Disclaimer: Creating an app takes time and money, In order to keep creating great apps, we are using a new search service to monetize our apps. With this service we are able to create more great apps for you guys. This option bundles a few search points (icon, bookmark and homepage) for you to use. You can erase these easily and with no effect to our app. Included ads: Changing current internet browser start page; Adding Internet Bookmarks; Adding Home screen Shortcut; ads SDK; required permission for these ads; Push and notification features.
What's new in this version: - Changed file host
- Added support for GoogleQuickSearchBox_USA
- Added support for Velvet
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