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The Google Now feature is one of the stars of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Not only is it a handy assistant that brings information before you even ask for it (hello, pop-up cards!), but it’s also quite clever in answering tough math questions. Sadly, the magical app is yet to be made available for devices that don’t run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, at least officially.  Lo and behold, there’s now a way to install Google Now on your non-Jelly Bean device. The folks at XDA-developers have created flashable zip files of Google Now, which should allow you to run Google…

Google Now ICS

Google Now has been the headline of Jelly Bean’s update changelog since day one, but unfortunately, the service has only been available to JB users until now. We’ve talked on a number of occasions about Google Now’s exquisite interface, its ease of use, functionality, and its splendid Voice Search function, which has already kicked Siri’s you know what more than once. But the truth is very few of us have had the chance to test the “mobile personalized search application” so far. Fortunately, thanks to the collective efforts of some brilliant XDA developers, we can finally install Google Now on…

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It’s a new day which means Google has a new Nexus 7 short and to the point video tutorial for anyone interested in more details on how their newly purchased Jelly Bean tablet works. We have already seen a variety of similar clips that show us how to perform the initial setup on the device, how to customize the home screen, how to use Google apps and Google Play and how to enjoy Google+ Hangouts on the device. It’s now time to look at a more interesting Jelly Bean feature, the new Google Now search function that’s available on the…

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I think one of main reasons why the “mainstream” users don’t know much about the “Android” brand, or can’t recognize an Android phone that easily is because Google has never really had a marketing campaign for Android itself. This coupled with the fact that each manufacturer makes their “Android” phones look quite different from other manufacturer’s Android phones, is why the Android brand is so weak in the market compared to the “iPhone” brand, or “iPad” brand. Of course, it’s also easier to remember an actual product’s name than an operating system’s name, if you don’t care much about this…

S-Voice-vs-Google-Voice-Search

A little bit of sibling rivalry is never a bad thing if it fosters innovation and improvement. What we have here is a video posted by Android Authority’s Clayton Ljungberg , who put to the test two high-profile voice assistants — Samsung’s S Voice on the Galaxy S3 and Google Voice Search on the Galaxy Nexus (running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean). Let’s see how the two performed when subjected to your typical daily grind. Summoning the applications on the two phones can be done easily, thanks to the adequate shortcuts provided to start speaking and demand results. So both passed…

hugo-barra-android

Android Director of Product Management Hugo Barra appeared for the first time on stage at the Honeycomb event last year. Back then, I remember thinking he didn’t do a very good job presenting Honeycomb, but I think it was also the whole environment that didn’t make sense and put him in a bad light. It looked a lot less professional than any Google I/O event, and it seemed like they just quickly rented a room to show Honeycomb, which wouldn’t be the only rushed thing they did in relation to Android 4.0. However, at this year’s Google I/O event I thought…

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There are a lot of new features introduced with the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS but none have been more talked about than the somewhat controversial Google Now feature. While the continuous location tracking and other personal information requirements have the “tin-foil hat” people running for the hills, no one can deny that Google’s “more than just another” virtual assistant can be incredibly helpful, as long as privacy isn’t your biggest concern, of course. Google Now also comes along with the much improved Voice Search, which you can check out in action here. You can also check out our guide on…

Google Now

What is Google Now? There’s some confusion out there in the Android world. Google Now is not Android’s “Siri killer”, that’s Voice Search (which you can get to and use from within Google Now). Google Now is much, much more than an application that listens to queries and spits out answers. I’m not even sure we can call Google Now a virtual assistant either. Google Now is about automating your life and in return, making your life easier. Google Now does that by providing a vast amount of information, pertinent to you, at your fingertips. There’s just one catch though….

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One of the main Android 4.1 Jelly Bean highlights is without a doubt the new Google Search, an app that has been completely redesigned to offer Android device users quicker results and an improved overall experience. The new Google Search app now has an advanced voice component and offers a Google Now feature that can be used as a personal assistant when having to deal with various day-to-day activities. Therefore, Jelly Bean has its own voice-assistant, and while it’s not called Majel, as we would have expected it to be named, it definitely does its job. Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster decided…