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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by JDML, Aug 20, 2012.

  1. JDML

    JDML Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Yes I know the voice function doesn't work on ics, but I just don't see what all the buzz is about, any thoughts on this app?

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  2. reddeaddorito

    reddeaddorito Android Enthusiast

    It looks pretty. Idk.

    It's like if you took Siri and stripped away its smartassery, that's Google Now.
  3. thebryceee

    thebryceee Android Expert

    Siri and Google Now is apples and oranges. They both have different purposes. Siri is more of an assistant and Google Now is more of an advanced planner that acts on it's own based on your schedule and preferences.

    My Google Now is pretty much fully functional.
  4. mastersoup

    mastersoup Android Enthusiast

    everything works, use mikeyoffline6
  5. JDML

    JDML Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Thanks, guess i really didn't do my research...loading it now!

    Update - Installed the voice .apk, doesn't work independently or with Now?? Did I miss a step. I did everything I did previously plus put the voice apk on my sdcard, then installed it from my phone...
  6. thebryceee

    thebryceee Android Expert

    Did you flash a zip or just install the apk? There are multiple libs and other files that need to be copied into system files.
  7. JDML

    JDML Newbie
    Thread Starter

    all i did was install the apk

    The link has a lot going on honestly, 5 different options, etc,etc..
  8. jreink01

    jreink01 Android Expert

    Question, When I installed Google Now, I flashed the zip to system/apps. Does that zip have included all the files it needs to run properly?? I used the mikeyoffline zip. Thanks
  9. mastersoup

    mastersoup Android Enthusiast

    yeah, use this post

    xda-developers - View Single Post - [MOD] [4.0+] [UPDATE 08/08] The Google Now for ICS Project [APK AND ZIP] [ARMv6&v7]

    same thread though.

    theres a mikey 6 and a mikey 7. i recently flashed 7, but 6 was working for a long time perfectly. havent tried 7 enough to know for sure.

    the online/offline one is probably the one you want. also, if you have problems flashing it, go to system/apps and rename or delete googlequicksearchbox.apk before flashing.
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  10. thebryceee

    thebryceee Android Expert

    You need the lib files and replace the whole srec folder in system/usr folder
  11. jvillejoe

    jvillejoe Android Enthusiast

  12. mastersoup

    mastersoup Android Enthusiast

    the google now is a siri type search app. it works perfectly, and works better than siri.
  13. mastersoup

    mastersoup Android Enthusiast

    not sure why the OP doesnt just replace all that information with the post i linked. the flashable zips are convenient.
  14. jvillejoe

    jvillejoe Android Enthusiast

    They are not the same at all. Some features are the same yes. Google now is nothing like Siri imho.


    Agreed! A Siri type app is Iris. What I linked above. Which to me Iris is better.
  15. mastersoup

    mastersoup Android Enthusiast

    yo do realize all your siri commands can be used in google now right?

    they are the same thing. and i dont care what your honest opinion is lol, i have used both on a very regular basis, and sell both products daily.

    try "text name message" or really anything else youd do with siri. its the same thing. the google now voice commands are siri, it has extra features siri doesnt.
  16. jvillejoe

    jvillejoe Android Enthusiast

    Well then, no need to be rude, and saying "lol" doesn't make it ok to be rude. You have YOUR, opinion, and others have there's. To ME, they are not the same, even if the voice commands are the same. What you sell is irrelevant. They are not the same, bottom line! That's Like looking at twins and saying "they are the same". They may look the same, but I can assure you, they are not. I can contest to that cause I am a twin. ;)


  17. mastersoup

    mastersoup Android Enthusiast

    okay.. so what is the difference?

    the guy is not competent enough to use googles voice search. at about 3 minutes he asks an oddly worded, unnatural question. just ask google now "how far away is the sun?" it brings up a card and talks to you.

    he quotes monty python and says its personality, but yet you can ask play now what is the meaning of life, the universe and everything, and it says 42. personality? if you say "do a barrel roll" it spins, personality? it isnt.

    the next thing he does is try and launch an app. if you go into settings, you can enable different phone search options in play now, apps is one of them. all you do is simply say the app you want, and just click your phone at the bottom instead of using web search. how hard is that? lol. and it isnt limited to apps. it can search anything in your phone you tell it to.

    next he says "send message", when the google command is "text".

    all he had to say is "text name message" and it would automatically do everything. or just say "text name" and itll give you the option to type the message.

    likewise for email, if you say "Send email to name (message)" or leave off the message and type it, it will email. IS THIS HARD?

    he then says wake me up in a couple of hours. that isnt very specific. if you said "wake me up in 2 hours" the play now will make you an alarm for 2 hours. so your difference is that you have to say an actual amount of time, rather than allow your device to guess what you mean? what if you said a few and it picked 4 hours, which is still technically a few? i dont need my phone to do relative amounts lol. i know when i need my alarm to go off.

    play now
    How to impress your friends: 40+ voice searches on Jelly Bean - YouTube
    40+ Voice Searches with Siri (iOS 6) - YouTube

    some basic voice commands http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1817640 . i assumed most of those were obvious, but apparently not.
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  18. Mobstergunz

    Mobstergunz Android Expert

    lmao i was pushing my search button at the same time as him for evey question in this video: 40+ Voice Searches with Siri (iOS 6) - YouTube and Google Now Search beat Siri every time :D it even got gave answers Siri couldn't and another blow is my Evo V understood him better then his Iphone 4S hahahaha
  19. jvillejoe

    jvillejoe Android Enthusiast


    Well, for starters they look different. They are made by 2 different company's. They have different names. They have different features. They have different search options. They have different voice commands. They have different ways of speaking. They search differently. The cards are set up different. Google Now seems to have more options and is slightly faster. I could go on but, I will just agree, to disagree, and respect your opinion and leave it at that. If they where so much the same then Google would have another law suit on their hands, which I'm sure Apple will try, given the past of the company, if they aren't already in the process. :goodnight:
  20. mastersoup

    mastersoup Android Enthusiast

    i notice a lot of people always press the button. a lot of people dont know that when you pull up play now, you can just say "google" and itll bring up the voice command.

    siri wasnt the first voice command app by a long shot. you said initially that they were somehow very different apps. yet, now they just look different? most of the commands are the same, some are like 1 word different, and each have maybe a handful of commands the other doesnt.

    guess we agree that they are basically the same app.
  21. jvillejoe

    jvillejoe Android Enthusiast

    Never said anything about which came first. They don't just look different...Yeah, they are the same just like 2 snowflakes are the same lol.
  22. Mobstergunz

    Mobstergunz Android Expert

    Yeah i've used it like that too :)
  23. thebryceee

    thebryceee Android Expert


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