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Google App 4.1 update disables cards and features for some users

Reports are coming in that users in some regions have lost access to Google Now cards and features after updating the Google App to version 4.1.
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January 9, 2015
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A couple of days ago, the Google App received its version 4.1 update, bringing with it a host of new Google Now cards, languages and tweaks. However, it seems that the update has ended up disabling Google Now features for users in some locations, instead displaying that the service is “not available in your country”.

Reports state that Google Now cards, such as sports updates or news stories, and reminders are no longer functioning after updating to version 4.1. The problem seems to be predominantly afflicting those in and around the Latin and South American region, with plenty of negative reviews appearing on the Play Store since the update. The service has always had some restrictions in place depending on the region, but what isn’t clear is why features that previously worked for many users now appear to be completely disabled across such a large area.

A workaround from XDA user kevindeoz has helped sidestep the issue for some Spanish speakers. Simply changing the language setting to “Spanish (United States)” appears to re-enable the missing Google App features, which makes the cause seem even stranger.

Google has not yet clarified the reason for the issue, but we will hopefully hear something from official channels soon.