Install Google Now On AOSP Ice Cream Sandwich Devices

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean’s Google Now, the app can install on the AOSP based ice cream sandwich (ICS) devices. If you’re not familiar with Google now, its a virtual assistant, just like Samsung S voice, Apple Siri. It’s not quite sure that, this method work on all the custom and stock ROM’s, but you can try it. This installation can be done using the app installer or CWM recovery. However, you need the rooted device. This app voice search not work, can’t exit the app using the back key and there’s a little lag.


  • Backup “GoogleQuickSearchBox.apk”
  • Android 4.0.4 based ICS ROM.


Google now installation.

Installation requires root enable file browser. There’re three alternative methods, copy apk file into the system app folder, install app using just like other apps and flash the file via CWM. CWM installation more reliable than other methods.

Method One.

  • Boot into the recovery mode.
  • On the recovery mode navigate to the “Install Zip from sd card>Choose zip from sd card” 
  • Now select the file on your phone internal or external SD card select “Yes_Install”
  • Reboot the system.

Method Two.

  • Go to your phone “Settings>Applications” or “Settings>Security> and tick “Unknown source”
  • Use an ordinary file browser and find the downloaded file on your SD card. 
  • Tap on the file and install it like other application
  • Reboot the phone.
Method Three.
    • Go to the “/system/app” directory and find “GoogleQuickSearchBox.apk” and rename it as GoogleQuickSearchBox.bak
    • Copy downloaded apk file into the ” /system/app”
    • After copied completed, tap and hold the finger in that file.
    • Select “Permissions” change like following screen shot.
    • Reboot the phone.
    [via:XDA forum]
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